A JIHADI schoolgirl who ran away to Syria to join Isis has the “right to come home” but could face years in jail, the security minister has revealed.
Ben Wallace said as a British citizen, heavily pregnant Shamima Begum, 19, can come back into the country but can expect to face prison when she gets here.
He told Sky News this morning: “As a British citizen she has the right to home here.”
But he added: “Anyone who goes to fight for Isis, a dreadful, horrendous group, should expect to be interviewed and potentially prosecuted.”
Last night the teen, who fled from East London to join fighters abroad when she was just 15, said she wants now to come home to have her third child.
But she said she didn’t regret her decision to go out there, and wasn’t bothered by seeing the sick crimes of the terror group.
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I’ll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child
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In 2018, it was revealed that almost 400 Brit jihadis who fought for bloodthirsty ISIS in Syria are back in the UK.
But shockingly just one in ten have been prosecuted for “direct action they’ve carried out in Syria”.
Around 15 per cent of the 850 Brits believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq have died.
The Home Office says every person who returns is questioned by police and an assessment made over whether they are a threat to Britain.
However few have been prosecuted.
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill is currently going through Parliament, after its third reading in the House of Lords.
This could make travelling abroad to join terror groups an offence which carries a penalty of ten years in prison.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “The UK advises against all travel to Syria and parts of Iraq. Anyone who does travel to these areas, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger.
“Everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq must expect to be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences, and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to our national security.
“There are a range of terrorism offences where individuals can be convicted for crimes committed overseas and we can also use Temporary Exclusion Orders to control an individuals’ return to the UK.”
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