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Bulgarian court orders detention for Dutch terrorism suspect

Associated Press logo Associated Press 23/12/2016

SOFIA, Bulgaria — A Bulgarian court has ordered continued detention for a Dutch terrorism suspect arrested at a border crossing with Turkey.

The district court in the southern town of Haskovo said Friday that 33-year-old Dutch national Helena Sontjens was detained when she entered Bulgaria on Wednesday.

She is being held on a European arrest warrant issued by Dutch authorities, who allege she wanted to go to Syria to support the Islamic State militant group.

Bulgaria's state-run BTA agency said she told the court that she wants to be extradited to the Netherlands. It quoted her as saying: "I agree to be extradited. I am a Muslim. I have my ideals, but I am not a terrorist."

The extradition case is yet to be scheduled.

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