Canada repatriates 14 citizens from ISIL camps in Syria

Four women and 10 children have been repatriated by Canada from detention camps for foreign fighters and their families in northeastern Syria.

It was the fourth repatriation operation conducted by the Canadian government of its nationals held in camps in Syria for foreigners accused of being associated with the armed group ISIL (ISIS).Three of the women were arrested in Montreal at the airport before appearing in court on a “terrorism peace bond application” – a type of restraining order, Canadian police said in a statement on Friday.

One, an unidentified 38-year-old woman, was transported to Alberta province in western Canada and released on bail pending a hearing on the conditions of her status.

“This is not a criminal charge,” her lawyer Lawrence Greenspon told AFP news agency, adding the prosecutor will want to “ensure that the person follows the conditions for a period of up to one year.”

The other two, Ammara Amjad and Dure Ahmed, “will remain in custody until their next hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday”, police said.

“Everything was good” regarding the fourth woman, said Greenspon, who is representing all four women.

She faces neither criminal charges nor a request for a peace bond.

“The 10 children are repatriated and are with their families here in Canada,” said Greenspon.

It remains unclear whether any of those being repatriated could face prosecution for alleged involvement with the armed group.

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