Theresa May set out proposals to stop Jihadi fighters heading west from Syria and Iraq
Speaking at the G7 Summit in Sicily, the Prime Minister set out a series of proposals for detaining suspected fanatics and bringing them to justice in the countries where they have been fighting.
Her plan also included G7 countries sharing information about identities of foreign fighters who may seek to pass through other nations on the way back to their countries of origin.
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During a summit discussion on counter-terrorism, the Prime Minister said: “People from countries across the globe have travelled to fight for terrorist organisations in conflict zones such as Syria and Iraq.
“As the military situation on the ground changes more of these fighters may try to return to their original country, and pose a threat there.
Her plan also included G7 countries sharing information about identities of foreign fighters
“The G7 needs to share our expertise with countries where foreign fighters travel through or fight in – such as through training, police expertise, border security and border watch-lists.
The G7 needs to share our expertise with countries where foreign fighters travel through or fight in
“The G7 should provide resource to legal experts and police to countries such as Iraq, to help them prosecute any foreign fighters they capture.
“We want to ensure those countries have the legal means to appropriately prosecute, extradite or deport.
“We need to securely share data on our foreign fighters, such as names and nationalities, so they can be spotted by different countries as they cross borders, and decisions made on whether they should be arrested.
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“This needs to be done within a clear legal framework.
“When our allies find evidence, such as video or papers, of illegal activity involving foreign fighters, for example a Brit in a conflict zone, they should pass that to our authorities. It may help prosecute foreign fighters when they return.”
She added: “It is vital we do more to cooperate with our partners in the region to step up returns and prosecutions of foreign fighters.
The Prime Minister spoke during a summit discussion on counter-terrorism
“This means improving intelligence-sharing, evidence gathering and bolstering countries’ police and legal processes.”
Downing Street officials pointed to the recent example of the prosecution of British-born foreign fighter Aine Davis.
Davis, of London, had been arrested in 2015 near Istanbul. He was found guilty of being a senior member of a terrorist organisation and jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
His trial heard how he had been tracked by Turkish police and intelligence officials days after being smuggled out of Syria by Islamic State.