With the backing of the Belgian foreign affairs ministry, the child’s mother fought for Yasmine’s return, and was backed by a local Sharia court. However the militia refused to budge until a second court upheld the first judgement, and ordered Yasmine to be reunited with her mother.
The two were brought together on Monday on the Syria-Turkey border. Although the militia had demanded a ransom, originally €50,000 going down to €20,000, in the end Yasmine was delivered without any money changing hands.
The two arrived in Brussels yesterday afternoon, when the prosecutor’s office stepped in. “As provided for by law, the prosecutor’s office acts in the interests of the child,” a spokesperson said. “In the first instance we will examine the physical and mental health situation of the four-year-old girl. The necessary measures for this will be taken immediately.”
The exact nature of those measures has not been revealed, but the prosecutor’s office assured the family that mother and daughter would no longer be separated.