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IS School Girl: British nationals have the right to come home MI6 head confirms

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The head of MI6 has confirmed that British Nationals have the right to come back to the UK, after IS school girl Shamima Begum has made a plea to come home.

But added that the British Fighters return home would be potentially very dangerous for the UK.

Alex Younger told a press confrence “We are very concerned about this, because all experience tells us that once someone had been put in that sort of position, or put themselves in that sort of position, they are likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous.

“And also of course experienced extreme radicalisation, either in their journey to that place or when they are there.”

While he was unable to comment on the case, he did make reference to the circumstances of anyone wanting to return to the UK adding that anyone who would put themselves in that kind of situation can expect to be investigated, questioned and potentially prosecuted shall they return to our jurisdiction.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot commented saying “We are not in favour of making people stateless, that’s a punishment without due process.” 

“If there are reasonable grounds to suspect that anyone who is entitled to return to this country either committed or facilitated acts of terrorism, they should be fully investigated and where appropriate prosecuted.”

“Our priority must always be public safety. We need proper safeguards particularly if the individual is associated with an international terrorist group. All significant risks must be thoroughly assessed.”’

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Sajid Javid warned that he is not afraid to prevent Britons who travelled to joined so-called Islamic State to return home.

He will not be fearful of sparking a debate over what should happen to the school girl that ranaway to join the fight againsts the United Kingdom. He would “do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child”.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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