LONDON (AA) — The “Syria bound” British teenager held in Turkey is facing charges over allegedly stealing her sister’s passport to go to Syria to join Daesh, the Scotland Yard said Saturday.
“Jamila Henry, 21 of Waltham Forest has been charged under s4 Identity Documents Act 2010, possession of an identity document with intent”, it said in a statement, adding that “she will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later” on Saturday.
British media reports say that the girl was able to head back to Syria (in the late 2014 she had been turned back to Britain from Raqqa, Syria) despite being in the radar of British intelligence. According to the reports, she was trying to enter Syria after stealing her twin sister’s passport.
On March 17, Jamila Henry was held in Ankara by Turkish police and sent back to London March. 19, when she was arrested by Britain police at Luton Airport.
Up to 600 British citizens are believed to have traveled to Syria to join Daesh.
According to a new law passed last month by the British Parliament, the British police have raised controls at airports to stop possible flow toward Syria, by confiscating the passports of those suspected.
Last weekend, three British teens who were allegedly bound for Syria to join Daesh were detained in Istanbul and sent back to the U.K.
The cooperation between the Turkish police and British police has intensified after three British girls Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, went missing from East London in early February and reportedly arrived in Turkey to cross into Syria.
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