But Ed Husain says, Don’t revoke their passports! And remember: he’s a “moderate”!
“Jewish museum shooting suspect ‘is Islamic State torturer,'” by Kevin Rawlinson, the Guardian, September 6, 2014:
The man suspected of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels was an Islamic State militant who tortured his captives, a journalist held by the extremist group has said.
The claim appears to crystallise fears that Europeans who travel to fight with Isis in Syria and Iraq could return to commit atrocities at home.
The French journalist Nicolas Hénin said he was kidnapped in Syria in 2013 and released in April, having been held captive by Mehdi Nemmouche, who was arrested in June for the attack on the museum the previous month.
According to the weekly news magazine Le Point, Hénin said that “when Nemmouche wasn’t singing, he was torturing”.
The journalist, who was released in April, said: “[Nemmouche] was a member of a small group of French nationals whose arrival used to terrify about 50 Syrian prisoners held in cells near ours. Every night, blows would start raining down in the room where I myself had been interrogated. The torture went on all night long, until the dawn prayer.”
The British government has repeatedly warned of the possibility that extremists could return to the UK to carry out attacks. It announced planned new anti-terrorism measures this week, after the threat level was raised to severe.
Hénin was held with American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both of whom were subsequently murdered by Isis extremists. He was released in April with other French journalists who had been held since June 2013.
French authorities have said about 900 people from France have been implicated in jihad in the Syrian region. Several dozen have been killed. Intelligence agencies reportedly believe 400-600 Britons have also gone to the region to fight.
Last month, Hénin described how Foley had endured tougher treatment from his captors because of his citizenship, but always behaved with courage and dignity.
He and the other French journalists released in April described being held in about 10 underground places of captivity, mostly with other people. They did not elaborate on some details of captivity because of potential consequences for hostages still being held.