An American ISIS bride begging to return to the US after ending up in a refugee camp in Syria could be jailed for decades upon her return, legal experts say.
Hoda Muthana, 24, left her home in Hoover, Albama, in 2014 to join the so-called Islamic State, before using Twitter to call for American Muslims to launch terror attacks on Memorial Day.
She now acknowledges making a ‘huge mistake’ in running away to Syria and wants to return home, but experts say doing so could land her with up to 60 years in jail.
New York defense lawyer Michael Bachrach, who helped represent the first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a civilian court, told the New York Post that Muthana ‘can certainly be charged with attempted material support of terrorism, material support of terrorism, as well as a conspiracy count.’
‘With each count it could be a 15- to 20-year max, which could run consecutively,’ he added.
Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz added that coming back to the US would be a ‘risky’ move for Muthana.
Meanwhile New York lawyer Jeffrey Hoffman added that her tweets calling for Memorial Day attacks could lead to a charge of inciting a riot.