Danish police pull passport of suspected ‘foreign fighter’

April 10th, 2015

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Danish police have for the first time made use of their powers to prohibit someone from travelling and withdrawn the passport of a Danish national suspected of attempting to go overseas to take part in an armed conflict.

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The new law came into force on March 1 to tackle the problem of so-called foreign fighters travelling to combat zones in countries like Syria and Iraq.

Helene Schrøder, the head of secretariat at Vestegns Politi in Greater Copenhagen, told Metroxpress that the decision concerns a 23-year-old man, but she was unable to disclose further details.

“We made the decision on March 16 on the basis of the new passport law and the law on foreigners that allows us to stop someone leaving the country, withdraw their passport and refusal to issue a passport when there is reason to believe  they will travel to armed conflicts,” she said.

“The decision can be appealed to us or reported to the courts, but it has not been.”

The travel ban will apply for a year from March 16.


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