According to information that has been published in The Sunday Times, more than 150 British jihadi fighters and other criminals have been stripped of their citizenship, preventing them from returning to the United Kingdom.
Included in this number are ‘jihadi brides’ who have fled the country to marry ISIS fighters, and everyone on this list is said to have dual-nationality.
Officials are not allowed to leave anybody effectively ‘stateless.’
It is proof that to a certain extent the government has delivered on its promise to remove British citizenship from anyone who is a confirmed fighter for ISIS or any other jihadist group.
Speaking to the newspaper, a senior source said: ‘There’s an awful lot of people we have found who will never be coming home again. Our number one preference is to get them on trial.
‘If we don’t think that’s possible, we use disruption techniques.’
We agree with their sentiments here as it will always be preferable to get these people on trial, in order to serve justice and gather as much vital intelligence as possible.
However, realistically it will never be possible to catch everyone, and so preventing their return to the United Kingdom is definitely the next best thing.
However, it is now thought that the government will be forced to exercise these powers more frequently as ISIS is gradually collapsing across the Middle East – this will inevitably lead to an increase in people who want to ‘come home.’
We use ‘come home’ in quotation marks as removing their citizenship means that their home is very much elsewhere.
If they want to complain, then hard cheese. They should have thought of that before joining that bunch of animals!