Netherlands Says OK for Bikers to Fight ISIS

Some time ago we had reported that three guys from a motorcycle club in the Netherlands had left abroad to fight the ISIS, alongside the Kurds.

Most countries don’t allow its citizens to become part of any sort of armed forces, whether governmental or not, apart from their own. And that’s how it was in the Netherlands too.

Now, Netherlands along with many other countries are coming down heavily on their own nationals who’ve been found to be even trying to join ISIS.

In some cases, these citizens passports were seized before they traveled, and were even threatened with prosecution, if they ever returned.

Wim de Bruin, Public Prosecutor Spokesman, said:

“The big difference with IS is that it’s listed as a terrorist group.”
“That means that even preparing to join IS is punishable.”

He added:

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden.”

This means that the bikers of ‘No Surrender’ who left for an armed fight against the ISIS are not necessarily committing any crime in their home country of Netherlands.

However, that is not to say that any Dutch citizen can join the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. This is because the PKK itself is blacklisted by Ankara and much of the international community as a terrorist organization.

Similarly, such citizens would also be liable to prosecution if they were to commit war crimes such as torture and rape. However, the spokesperson added:

“But this is also happening a long way away and so it’ll be very difficult to prove.”

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