Young Dutch woman convicted of supporting terrorism
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch woman who
Laura Hansen, 22,
But a court in Rotterdam ruled that Hansen knew what she was doing when she accompanied her husband on his journey to join IS and that her support for him and her children amounted to preparations for terrorist acts. Hansen was acquitted of membership in IS.
Judges suspended 13 months of Hansen's sentence, meaning she won't have to go to prison following Monday's conviction since she spent a year in pretrial detention.
An expert had recommended the court treat Hansen as a minor, which likely would have meant a lighter sentence, but judges rejected that option.
"She started a family at a young age, got married and accompanied her husband to Syria and Iraq so that he could fight for IS. Those are adult decisions," the court said in a written statement.
The Netherlands' main intelligence agency say that around 280 Dutch citizens have