Theresa May tells G7 summit leaders: Stop jihadis before they bring their terror home

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Theresa May tells G7 summit leaders: Stop jihadis before they bring their terror home

Post by Guest on Fri May 26, 2017 6:46 pm

British jihadis who go to Syria and Iraq to fight for Isil must be stopped and brought to justice in other countries before they can get back to the UK, Theresa May has told the G7 summit. The Prime Minister wants G7 countries, including Britain, to share information and expertise with countries including Iraq so they can “prosecute any foreign fighters they capture”.

Mrs May proposed:

Sharing the identities of foreign fighters who may pass through third countries on the way back to their countries of origin

Sharing expertise on policing, border security and watch-lists with transit countries

Providing training and resourcing to legal experts and police in Iraq and other countries to help them prosecute, extradite or deport foreign fighters

Sharing data on foreign fighters, such as names and nationalities, so they can be spotted as they cross borders

Encouraging countries to pass on evidence such as videos or documents to the British authorities to help prosecute them if they make it back to Britain

Mrs May gave the example of Aine Davis, a Londoner arrested in 2015 near Istanbul who was suspected of presiding over beheadings carried out by the Briton known as Jihadi John.

He was found guilty of being a senior member of a terrorist organisation and jailed for seven-and-a-half years by a Turkish court. His trial heard how he had been tracked by Turkish police and intelligence officials days after being smuggled out of Syria by Isil.

Under Mrs May’s proposals, other countries would follow Turkey’s example.

The Prime Minister said: "It is vital we do more to cooperate with our partners in the region to step up returns and prosecutions of foreign fighters.


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