26 July, 2017, 12:00 am
BERLIN – A German teenager being held in an Iraqi jail after running off to join Islamic State was being investigated on suspicion of membership in a foreign terrorist organisation, German prosecutors said on Monday.
Federal prosecutors were investigating the case of 16-year-old Linda Wenzel alongside those of three other women in Iraqi detention, of whom at least one had German citizenship, they said.
If they brought charges, prosecutors could seek the extradition of Ms Wenzel, who had said she would co-operate with German authorities.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said consular officials had confirmed the citizenship of the first two women during a meeting last Thursday and were due to meet the two others on Monday.
Ms Wenzel, who was detained by Iraqi security forces last week when they recaptured Mosul, told German media during the weekend that she regretted joining the jihadist group and wanted to come home to her family.
She fled her home in the city of Pulsnitz last year shortly after converting to Islam.