Former Taliban captive: We should 'bring home' British ISIS members


Monday, February 18, 2019

A journalist who was captured by the Taliban in 2001 has claimed British citizens within ISIS should be brought back to the UK.

Appearing on the breakfast show with Penny Smith, Yvonne Ridley claimed we "shouldn't remove the passports" of terrorists, but instead "bring them home" to face trial.

"We shouldn't treat the rest of the world as our dumping ground for rogue citizens," Ms Ridley said.



"It is not going to be easy, but how would we feel if some dictator or tin pot country somewhere said we're withdrawing our citizenship and Britain can sort out this mess? We would be outraged."

The journalist's appearance on the breakfast show followed the news that runaway IS schoolgirl, Shamima Begum, said she expected the UK to have "sympathy" for her in an interview with Sky News.

Smith asked Ms Ridley whether bringing ISIS members back to the UK could risk the security of the country, particularly if there was not enough hard evidence to have them convicted.

"There's all the women who have told the most harrowing tales about the brutality of ISIS, and any man who has been a member of ISIS is going to find it very hard to defend in the face of all these witnesses," Ms Ridley said.