A British jihadi couple who tried to sneak again into the UK after two years in Syria have been jailed in Turkey.
Muslim convert Stefan Aristidou, 24, and his spouse Kolsoma Begum, 23, had been convicted of being in an armed terrorist organisation and sentenced to 6 years and three months every.
Final evening, MPs stated the case was ‘the tip of the iceberg’, and pointed to the far larger quantity who had come again to Britain with out dealing with prosecution.
Solely 40 out of 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return, it has emerged.
At the least 360 battle-hardened fanatics had been allowed to go free as there may be not sufficient proof to jail them.
It’s unclear which sanctions Aristidou and Begum, who gave start to a lady in Syria, will face on their return. However they’re unlikely to lose their passports until they’re twin nationals.
Jihadi Kolsoma Begum was jailed in Turkey alongside along with her husband and Muslim convert Stefan Aristidou as they tried to get again to the UK
The Londoners had been attempting to return to the UK since September 2016 after defecting from IS. They fled Syria final April however had been arrested after surrendering to the Turks.
The couple claimed they joined IS in April 2015 so they may stay underneath sharia regulation slightly than to combat, however went into hiding after seeing the phobia group’s murderous regime with their very own eyes.
However final month a court docket within the Turkish city of Kilis, three miles from the Syrian border, rejected their defence.
They had been jailed alongside US citizen Kary Paul Kleman, 48, from Wisconsin, who claimed he had been captured by IS militants whereas visiting his Syrian spouse’s household in 2015.
Aristidou, who grew up in middle-class environment in Enfield, north London, and Begum, who was coaching to be a midwife, grew to become determined to return to the UK after discovering that residing underneath IS was like being in ‘jail’.
In March 2017, whereas on the run from the phobia group, Aristidou instructed Sky Information: ‘I’m simply attempting to get my life again.
‘So be it if I’ve to go to jail as a way to try this. I’m ready to do this. I’m simply right here to take care of my household.’
After their arrest, Begum’s father Ahmed Ali, 48, instructed the Mail that his daughter, from Poplar, east London, ought to face justice if she desires to return to Britain.
British jihadist Stefan Aristidou went to Syria in 2015. Alongside together with his spouse Kolsoma Begum he was convicted of being in an armed terrorist organisation and the pair had been sentenced to 6 years and three months every
House Secretary Sajid Javid plans to make it unlawful to journey to terror hotspots with out good excuse to discourage Britons from travelling to warzones to affix extremist teams.
Impartial MP John Woodcock, a member of the Commons house affairs committee who has campaigned for the brand new regulation, stated final evening: ‘It’s clear that this couple are literally solely the tip of the iceberg.
They’re the small minority who’ve been caught red-handed, however each story like this factors to the far larger quantity who’ve been capable of come again to the UK with out dealing with any sort of prosecution.
‘That’s the reason the brand new counter-terror laws for which I known as and the Authorities is taking by way of the Commons is doubtlessly so essential.
‘If this could get by way of, we’ll be capable to prosecute individuals merely coming into explicit terror hotspots after they don’t have a transparent purpose to take action.’
The Authorities has additionally come underneath strain from the US and Kurdish leaders in Syria to take accountability for UK residents captured overseas.
A Overseas Workplace spokesman stated: ‘Anybody who has travelled to Syria or Iraq is placing themselves in peril.
Any overseas terrorist fighters captured abroad needs to be handled in accordance with relevant regulation and, wherever attainable, dropped at justice in accordance with authorized due course of in probably the most applicable jurisdiction.’