‘Ji­hadi gran’ gets 10 years af­ter Join­ing son in syria

The Sunday Guardian - - World - REUTERS

PARIS: A court on Fri­day sen­tenced a rad­i­calised French woman to 10 years in prison af­ter trav­el­ing to Syria where her son was fight­ing along­side Is­lamic State mil­i­tants. Chris­tine Riviere, 51, dubbed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors as “Ji­hadi Gran”, was ar­rested in 2014 af­ter three trips to Syria, which she said were aimed at spend­ing time with her son in case he was killed. France, like other Euro­pean nations, is wrestling with how to deal with those re­turn­ing from the Syr­ian con­flict. A pres­i­dency of­fi­cial said last week that half of the 500 chil­dren were born there, and in to­tal about 2,000 French na­tion­als or res­i­dents had gone to the two coun­tries, In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that Riviere’s son, Tyler Vilus, climbed the Is­lamic State hi­er­ar­chy to lead a Fran­cophile group.

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