I was not in Syria, says ‘jihadi bride’
Mum-of-nine Natalie Bracht, who holds dual British and Germany citizenship, was said to have travelled to Syria in 2014 and married a militant fighter there before begging to return to the UK in October 2018.
The 45-year-old was living in Heidelberg, Germany, but was repatriated when the pandemic began, The Sunday People reported.
She told the paper she visited the British consulate in Dusseldorf and was given a ticket to fly to London on April 3.
On arrival she was questioned for more than three hours by Special Branch officers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. She said: ‘They asked me where I had stayed in Syria. I had to tell them a couple of times, “Guys, I wasn’t in Syria”.’ She also said she was asked for her opinions on Brexit, elections and vaccines.
After initially being put up in a £44-a-night Travelodge, she moved to a barge, claims universal credit and hopes to earn cash as a busker.
Ms Bracht said she volunteered for campaign group Cage, translating for terror suspects. But she denies Daesh links in Syria, saying she is now a ‘terror suspect without conviction.’