The consequences of this idiocy could be explosive. These returning jihadis are enemy combatants. They joined an entity that considers itself at war with Britain, and that has called for the murder of British civilians. Would Britain in 1943 have “reintegrated” a group of returning Nazi Britons?
“‘Naïve’ young jihadis who return from fighting for ISIS in Syria should be allowed ‘space’ to rejoin British society rather than face jail, says anti-terror watchdog,” by Rory Tingle, Mailonline, October 20, 2017:
‘Naive’ teenagers who return to Britain after fighting for ISIS should be allowed to reintegrate rather than face prosecution, according to the anti-terror watchdog.
Max Hill QC said hundreds of Britons coming home after serving under the brutal terror group in Iraq and Syria have not been charged to avoid ‘losing a generation’ of young men.
Around half of the estimated 850 UK citizens who joined ISIS in the Middle East have since returned, according to official figures.
Mr Hill, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, told BBC radio: ‘The authorities have looked at them and looked at them hard and have decided that they do not justify prosecution, and really we should be looking towards reintegration and moving away from any notion that we are going to lose a generation due to this travel.
‘It’s not a decision that MI5 and others will have taken lightly.
‘But they have left space, and I think they are right to do so, for those who travelled out of a sense of naivety, possibly with some brainwashing along the way, possibly in their mid-teens and who return in a state of utter disillusionment and we have to leave space for those individuals to be diverted away from the criminal courts.’
The comments came a day after EU Security Commissioner Julian King revealed that up to 8,000 foreign fighters may come back to Europe after the fall of Raqqa.
Experts say those who stayed are now likely to head for Turkey in the hope of travelling on to Europe to seek revenge for the destruction of the caliphate.
Tory MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown criticised Mr Hill’s stance, saying: ‘We should take a tough approach on this.
‘Protecting against any future terror attack must be the primary concern.’
Supporting a terrorist group such as Islamic State is a criminal offence in the UK….