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Germany: Father of alleged IS fighters calls for repatriation of his sons

1 15.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Father of two German men, alleged fighters of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), Joachim Gerhard, entering his house, Kassel
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C/U Gerhard showing picture of his two sons
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "The newest results are that Fabian is in prison in Hajin, not at the Turkish-Syrian border anymore. He is in Hajin, as many prisoners have to be brought about 70 kilometres further in, with the Turkish incursion."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "I was in Berlin on Monday and got the permission that I can fly to Syria within the next three to four weeks, with an escort from Berlin, and I will be able to talk to my son Fabian, and check out other prisons to see if my son Manuel might be in there."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "According to the Kurds, Manuel is alive, but they don't know his whereabouts. He could be in prison, as they have more than 5,000 male ISIS prisoners, with a lot of Germans there."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "We put forward an urgent application, as we knew that Turkey would start an incursion to fight against the Kurds, and there was a danger that my son could die."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "We are hoping that after the situation calms down between Syria and Turkey, the government gets out the youth, men and women with children form there."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "Migrants who have been criminals here can be deported, but they don't want to bring back German citizens who might have committed an offence in Syria. For all of us, this is a double standard. I can't always point my finger at the other and not do anything myself."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "At least, they have the responsibility to bring back these young people, they failed to do it, not only failed to do it, in the year of 2014 and 2015, nothing was done by the federal government to stop these young people. They all were watched but nothing was done to stop these kids, but at least they should give the ones who have survived a chance to come back, [to show] their remorse and get their punishment, but are least they will get out of the war zone."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "They are German citizens. They are facing difficulties, and at least they have the right to be brought back and taken into custody, face court here and get punishment for what can be proven."
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SOT, Joachim Gerhard, Father of two German alleged IS fighters (German): "There is always a possibility to punish these people. If they did not do anything, or if they just lived under the IS, I think, first of all, they should be under observation, taken into custody, and at least the possibility is there to punish these people for four or five years, but there is also a chance to work with these people, and see how it had happened and who is responsible for it and how can it be prevented, so that something like this won't happen again."
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SCRIPT
The father of two German men, the alleged fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), Joachim Gerhard called for the repatriation of his sons to "face court" in Germany, speaking from Kassel on Thursday.
"They are German citizens. They are facing difficulties, and at least they have the right to be brought back and taken into custody, face court here and get punishment for what can be proven," said Gerhard.
He then urged the German government to accept suspected IS fighters, noting that the refusal to do it would be "a double standard."
"Migrants who have been criminals here can be deported, but they don't want to bring back German citizens who might have committed an offence in Syria," said Gerhard.
He stressed that the German government has "the responsibility to bring back these young people," because he said "in the year of 2014 and 2015, nothing was done by the federal government to stop these young people."
Gerhard also called on authorities to "work with these people, and see how it had happened and who is responsible for it and how can it be prevented, so that something like this won't happen again."
On Thursday, Turkey returned seven people with suspected IS links to Germany. The deportees were reportedly detained by the police upon their arrival in Berlin. Thursday's repatriation came as Ankara began extraditing suspected IS fighters and their families back to their countries. Ankara said that several European countries have refused to accept suspected IS fighters and their families.