Jeremy Corbyn revealed he wants to let British jihadis return home in a revealing interview to Arab TV station LuaLua TV
The Labour leader also said suspected extremists should not be stopped from leaving to fight
JEREMY Corbyn’s security credentials were again cast into serious doubt after it emerged he wants to allow British jihadis to come home.
Just months before he was elected Labour leader, the veteran Socialist lashed out at the ban on ISIS fighters from returning to the UK.
The veteran Socialist and peace campaigner dubbed the national security move “strange” as well as “legally very questionable”.
The Sun can also reveal the 68-year-old said suspected extremists here should not be stopped from leaving the UK to fight holy war, and attacked the government for stripping jihadis of their passports.
Mr Corbyn’s alarming remarks were made to Arab TV station LuaLua TV just two years ago, a few months before he was made Labour leader.
While insisting he is “not a supporter” of ISIS, Mr Corbyn told the interviewer in March 2015: “I do think that the way to deal with this issue isn’t by a legal process which seeks to ban people from travelling.
“The important thing is to deal with issue politically and challenge Islamophobia and racism.”
Then a hard left backbench MP, Mr Corbyn admitted there “is an issue about some people going from Britain, allegedly to fight with ISIS in Syria”.
But attacking ministers, he went on: “The British government’s response has been to try to make it impossible for them to travel, to restrict their ability to travel, to take upon themselves the ability to remove passports and, strangely, to deny people the right of return – which is legally a very questionable decision.
“I suspect will be fought out in the courts in Britain.”
The revelation also casts into doubt the Labour chief’s new pledge on Sunday to listen to any request from security services for more powers.
Former independent reviewer of terrorism laws Lord Carlile said The Sun’s revelations show Mr Corbyn has “a terrible naivety on how the public should be protected”.
The respected peer said: “ISIS fighters must be kept out of this country because they pose a very direct danger to the public.
“Corbyn should be held to account by the electorate for this view, when any prospect he had of becoming Prime Minister should be immediately discounted.”
It also emerged that in a Commons debate in 2014, Mr Corbyn urged MPs not to judge British-born jihadis.
Comparing them to the fight against apartheid in South Africa, he warned that anti-government fighters there were once dubbed terrorists but “were later welcomed to this country as freedom fighters”.
Along with his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Mr Corbyn, also voted against ISIS fighters being stripped of their British citizenship.
Tory Security Minister Ben Wallace added: “Jeremy Corbyn cannot hide from his record of consistently opposing the powers the police and security services need to keep the United Kingdom safe.
“For thirty years Corbyn has put his support for Britain’s opponents ahead of national security, yet four days before polling day he cynically wants to fool voters into thinking he will keep Britain safe.”
Source : thesun.co.uk
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