Jihadi Bride can avoid prosecution for 'comforting ISIS terrorists'

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An independant review of existing terror legislation reveals that it does not address the culpability of those who provide 'moral support' to Isis fighters.

Jihadi brides, such as Shamima Begum, who have given moral support to ISIS terrorists could avoid prosecution through possible legal loopholes, a terror law watchdog has warned.

In his annual report, Jonathan Hall QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the "culpability of those who travel to Syria or Iraq and provide only moral (that is, intangible) support to proscribed organisations such as Daesh is not directly addressed in the criminal offence provisions under the Terrorism Acts 2000 and 2006".

He said there may be "major extenuating circumstances" such as for "girls who are groomed in the United Kingdom and are ultimately persuaded to go out to join Daesh".

Hall warned that the importance of "emotional help" and "mental comfort" to such groups "is real".

His review concluded that under current law, it is an offence to invite such support but "not an offence actually to provide it".

the findings of this review come after the case of Shamima Begum, one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group in February 2015.

She was located in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019, and notified by the then home secretary Sajid Javid, that she has been stripped of her British citizenship.

Shamima Begum took legal action against the Home Office saying the decision to revoke her citizenship was unlawful but was unsuccessful.

Begums solicitor said they would immediately initiate an appeal against the decision that revoking her British citizenship did not render her stateless.

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