Amber Rudd REFUSES To Rule Out British Jihadis Returning To UK
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that two British Jihadis – Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh – will face trial following their arrest in Syria while fighting for ISIS.
The two men, known as the ‘ISIS Beatles’, are believed to be currently detained in Syria but it is unclear whether or not they will remain in the country to face trial.
Mrs Rudd said that she is “absolutely convinced and absolutely committed” to the idea of the pair “facing justice” but would not rule out their return to the UK for the trial.
Speaking on a visit to the Middle East, Rudd said: “The important thing is that they have been arrested.
“And the important thing is, to us, that they will face trial. I can’t be drawn at the moment on where that will be, but I am absolutely convinced, and absolutely committed, to making sure that they will face trial, because the security of the United Kingdom will always come first.”
Mrs Rudd’s comments follow those from other cabinet ministers who appear very clear that the ‘Beatles’ should not return to the UK for any reason, including Defence Minister Gavin Williamson who said that the pair shouldn’t be able to return to the UK because they’d “turned their back on British ideas, British values”.
He continued: “Do I want them back in the United Kingdom? No, I don’t.”
Mr Williamson’s comments may cause diplomatic tension between the UK and the US, after his American counterpart, Jim Mattis, said: “the important thing is that the countries of origin keep responsibility for them.”