The Court of Appeal in Brussels has ruled that a 58-year-old woman convicted of recruiting young Brussels Muslims to fight in the so-called “holy war” in Afghanistan be stripped of her Belgian citizenship.
Malika El Aroud now only has Moroccan citizenship. In 2010 she was sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined 5,000 euro for terrorist-related offences.
In 2014 proceedings were launched to strip Malika El Aroud of her Belgian citizenship. It has taken so long as Ms El Aroud’s solicitor took the case to the Constitutional Court. Now the Court of Appeal has decided that she should lose her Belgian citizenship.
At the Court of Appeal, the Advocate-General said that Ms El Aroud no longer deserved Belgian citizenship as “for many years she has continually spread jihadism in our country”.
The so-called “Black-widow of the jihad” Malika El Aroud, has twice been married to extremists, both of whom died in the so-called “holy war’.
She has twice been convicted for terrorist-related offences. She and her late husband set up a website to recruit young men to go and fight alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan.