American 'Isis fighter' captured by Syrian forces poses legal issue due to dual citizenship

American 'Isis fighter' captured by Syrian forces poses legal issue due to dual citizenship

The man was captured by Syrian forces while he reportedly fought for Isis

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A US citizen who reportedly fought for Islamic State has created an issue in how to treat his legal case due to his dual citizenship.

The Hill is reporting multiple sources as saying the man – known only as ‘John Doe’ – is also a citizen of Saudi Arabia, creating a situation which lawmakers say has no clear legal precedent.

The man was captured by Syrian forces in September while he was reportedly fighting for Isis.

He was transferred into the custody of the US military and has remained there while the authorities decide how to treat his case.

The dual citizenship raises the option of placing him in Saudi custody, but this will most likely only be done if there is no risk of the man being tortured and with the guarantee of strict conditions which Riyadh must agree to.

Transferring him, however, would fly in the face of Donald Trump’s previous statements on the matter.

The US President criticised his predecessor, Barack Obama, for releasing a group of detainees at Guantanamo into Saudi custody.

Representatives for the State and Defense Departments would not comment to The Hill on the situation.