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Law fail allows Aussie jihadis to return home

AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country failed.

Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 “homegrown terrorists” — including those who have been fighting with Islamic State — from lawfully returning to Australia, despite new laws designed to strip them of their citizenship.

The laws are crucial because once terrorists return to Australia it can be extremely difficult to get a conviction in a court of law, owing to a lack of proof available from Middle East war zones.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton introduced laws more than a year ago that sought to deprive dual nationals of their Australian citizenship. But the Herald Sun can reveal he has been told they have several grave flaws.

Terrorists from the Middle East are going to come ‘home’.

Australia was never their ‘home’, nor should they be allowed to come back here.

We have very stupid leaders.

Bungle lets Aussie jihadis come home
AUSTRALIA faces a deluge of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country failed.
DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU

AUSTRALIA faces a deluge of some of the world’s most radical terrorists coming to our shores thanks to the failure of the government’s tough new laws to keep them out.

Intelligence experts have warned there is now nothing stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists, ­including those fighting with Islamic State, from lawfully returning to Australia, despite new anti-terror laws designed to strip them of their Australian citizenship.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton introduced the legislation more than a year ago. But while the government spent yesterday promoting its tough approach to terrorism, The Daily Telegraph can reveal Mr Dutton has been told his laws are exposed to serious loopholes.

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Neil Prakash is the most senior Aussie terrorist fighting for IS.

Hafsa Mohamed is a jihadi bride from Sydney.

Perth student Muhammed Sheglabo has fought with IS.

Hamza El Baf has fought for IS in Syria.
One grave problem is the ­requirement for authorities to prove an Australian terrorist holds citizenship of another country, which ­requires the co-operation of Syria or Iraq, who have so far refused to help.

Of the 100 Australians fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, only Khaled Sharrouf has had his citizenship stripped under the new laws. The case was successful ­because the Lebanese government co-operated with Canberra.

The Turnbull government has been warned that extremist fighters are likely to return home to Australia as IS weakens and is driven out of Syria and Iraq.

Already, 40 fighters involved in the bloody conflict in Iraq and Syria have come back to Australia in the past three years.

Former Sydney cleric Mostafa Mahamed Farag is linked with Al-Qaeda.

Former Melbourne man Yusuf Mohamed Yusuf has fought in Syria.

Zehra Duman is an Australian recruiter of IS wives.

Mounir Raad, formerly of Melbourne, has fought with IS.
Another problem with the law is that a terrorist can only be stripped of their citizenship if they fight for a “declared terrorist organisation”.

Islamic state is the only Declared Terrorist Organisation and was listed as such as recently as May 2016.

Security officials have told the government that under the law it will be unable to prove Syrian-based Islamic extremist group Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat Fateah al-Sham is a terrorist organisation.

Most worryingly, the law is not retrospective. Australian fighters who tweeted pictures of themselves holding a bloodied head before May 2016 would be allowed back.

In the past year, terrorists have stopped publicising their atrocities, and it is believed any barbaric terrorist offences that took place before the ­December 2015 date of the new legislation cannot be taken into account.

There are some 100 Australians fighting or engaged with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, down from 110 in January. About 40 fighters have already ­returned to Australia.

The legislation was far stronger when first drafted, but the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security recommended 27 amendments, all of which were adopted so the laws would pass with bipartisan support.

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Neil Prakash is the most senior Aussie terrorist fighting for IS.
Hafsa Mohamed is a jihadi bride from Sydney.
Perth student Muhammed Sheglabo has fought with IS.
Hamza El Baf has fought for IS in Syria.

One is the requirement to prove citizenship of another country, which requires co-operation of authorities in Syria or Iraq that has so far been refused.

Of100 Australians fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria only terrorist Khaled Sharrouf lost his citizenship, thanks to Lebanon’s co-operation.

Another flaw is that citizenship can be stripped only for fighting for a “declared terrorist organisation”. IS is the only one.

The Herald Sun understands that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked Mr Dutton to submit any necessary amendments as soon as possible.

Former Sydney cleric Mostafa Mahamed Farag is linked with Al-Qaeda.
Former Melbourne man Yusuf Mohamed Yusuf has fought in Syria.

As it reviews the laws, the government has been warned extremist fighters are likely to head home as a weakening IS is driven from Syria and Iraq.

But security officials have told the government that under the laws, it would be unable to prove Syrian Islamic extremist group Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat Fateah al-Sham are terrorist groups.

Most worryingly, the law is not retrospective: Australian fighters who tweeted pictures of themselves holding a bloodied head before May 2016, when IS was declared a terrorist organisation, would be allowed back home.

In the past year, terrorists have stopped publicising their atrocities, and it is believed any terrorist offences before the December 2015 legislation cannot be taken into account.

The legislation was far stronger when drafted.

Zehra Duman is an Australian recruiter of IS wives.
Mounir Raad, formerly of Melbourne, has fought with IS.

But it went to the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security, which recommended 27 amendments, all of which were adopted so the Bill would pass with bipartisan support.

The government has similar laws that it has previously applied to dual-nationals found guilty of serious criminal offences. Under these law, five people have been stripped of their citizenship.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said that since September 2014 she had cancelled the passports of 165 Australians who were seeking to go overseas to fight.

“We believe there are about 100 Australians fighting in Syria and Iraq supporting terrorist organisations, and we will take every step we can to prevent them coming home,” she said.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said: “IS is losing territory, losing their financial base, losing their battles, (and) their weakness presents significant security challenges.”

sharri.markson@news.com.au 

@SharriMarkson

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