Only one in 10 British jihadis returning from Syria prosecuted

Published By ITCT News Desk On : March 3, 2019
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United Kingdom: Only one in 10 jihadis returning from Syria to the UK have been prosecuted, The Independent reported last month.

Ben Wallace, the security minister, said around 40 people “have been successfully prosecuted so far – either because of direct action they have carried out in Syria or, subsequent to coming back, linked to that foreign fighting”.

But more than 400 people “of national security concern” are believed to have returned from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The Home Office would not provide a breakdown of what offences the returnees were charged with or what groups they fought for, but the total includes at least one man convicted of trying to join Isis.

Mr Wallace announced the figures during a parliamentary debate over expanded terror laws, which the government hopes will make prosecuting returning jihadis easier.

Of more than 900 people who travelled to Syria and Iraq from the UK, he said at least 20 per cent are believed to have been killed.


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