Returning Islamist Fighters Offered ‘Jihadi Rehab’ Instead of Prosecution

Chris Greenwood, Daily Mail, November 9, 2014

Returning Islamist fighters are being offered ‘jihadi rehab’ instead of prosecution for supporting blood-thirsty terrorist groups.

The vast majority of more than 300 young men who have arrived back from Syria and Iraq are being allowed to continue their normal lives.

Many have been offered places on the Government’s counter-radicalisation scheme, known as the Channel programme, which has seen a substantial rise in referrals.

Evidence of the ‘softer approach’ comes despite assurances from Home Secretary Theresa May that terrorist sympathisers will face the full force of the law.

She said new legislation should be ready by the end of this month as David Cameron insisted returning jihadists should face ‘criminal investigations and prosecution’.

Two Cardiff men who travelled to Syria have been allowed to return to their homes despite being arrested under the Terrorism Act.

Ahmed Mohammadi, 19, and Shahid Miah, 23, were released without charge and instead referred to Channel despite their close ties with Islamic State.

The scheme has seen a 58 per cent rise (from 748 to 1,281) in the number of referrals in the past year as the crisis in the Middle East grew.

Whitehall sources said one of the biggest problems is securing evidence of terrorist activities committed by Britons 2,000 miles away in Syria.

One told the Sunday Times that investigators also want to balance the approach towards returning jihadists with the need to avoid being perceived as ‘anti- Muslim’.

The official said: ‘The police and MI5 are being careful about how to handle the returnees because they don’t want to disturb community cohesion.

‘Obviously they have to protect this country’s national security, but without any solid evidence . . . it’s very difficult to arrest and charge them.

‘The authorities are increasingly using a softer approach by enlisting returnees into Channel which . . . helps them challenge and ultimately change their extremist views.’

The Government raised the national security threat level in August to ‘severe’ amid warnings of the threat posed by returning jihadists.

Some disenchanted travellers have asked for an amnesty after discovering the dangerous reality of infighting among Islamist groups on the frontline.

Mr Cameron has warned of a ‘generational struggle’ against the ‘poisonous ideology’ of Islamist extremism.

Last week counter-terrorism police arrested four men amid allegations that they were plotting attacks at Remembrance Day events.

An assessment of Mohammadi and Miah by the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit in August found that the pair were susceptible to ‘indoctrination’.

The pair are understood to have been friends with Reyaad Khan, 21, and Naseer Muthana, 20, two Cardiff jihadists who appeared in an Islamic State recruitment video.

Mohammadi’s father, Karim, insisted his son did not fight in Syria and said he has returned to university to study civil engineering.

Police chiefs have insisted that every case of a returning jihadi will be treated ‘on its merits’ with some offered support by mental health experts or social services.

They are closely monitoring the progress of a Danish programme for rehabilitating jihadis which offers a wealth of support and counselling.

Terror law expert Geoffrey Robertson QC said the Government has a ‘duty under international law’ to secure the prosecution of jihadis responsible for ‘crimes against humanity’.

He said: ‘What we need is a full-blooded commitment to prosecute all returning Islamic State fighters who are British citizens. This is our duty and we need no new laws to do it.’

But Prof Peter Neumann, of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, said the Government should step up de-radicalisation work.

He said: ‘The people we have been talking to . . . want to quit but feel trapped because all the Government is talking about is locking them up for 30 years.’

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  • D.B. Cooper

    You are as tired and feeble as your queen.

    • David Ashton

      Who is the “You” in this comment?

      • DaveMed

        Apparently, the majority of Britons.

        • David Ashton

          The 75+% opposed, according to opinion surveys, to more immigration but ignored by the political class and the party machines either funded by businesses interested in cheap labor or indoctrinated in post-war “political correctness” over “race, gender, disability & class”.

      • Why, everyone but the all seeing, all knowing, wise and powerful D.B. Cooper, dontcha know?

    • IstvanIN

      At 88 she is more on the ball than her so-called government.

  • Sorry, but I have to say it:


  • me

    Mad dogs and Engelman–oops! Mad dogs and Englishmen. Kick them out now, or your sons and daughters will spit on your graves and curse your names.

    • IstvanIN

      Let’s be fair, Engleman wouldn’t support this.

      • me

        Wanna bet?

      • bilderbuster

        The Tribe he worships is responsible for the genetic destruction of the British Isles though he would deny it.

  • B.A_2014

    Arrested under the terrorist act means next to nothing. I’ve been stopped (more time than I can count) and arrested once under the terrorism act. Not that I was involved in that sort of thing. They just love arresting people under this stupid law and making it look as if they are taking a stance rather than go after actual terrorists which would require some actual work.

  • Dave4088

    So allow more than 300 head chopping, murdering, raping Muslims back in to “rehabilitate” them, but a white person in the UK who dares say an unkind word about the non-white hordes is vigorously prosecuted and jailed. No doubt these muzzies will be transformed into cricket playing, pacifistic Brits in no time.

    The white West is officially insane as if there was any doubt.

    • JSS

      One has to keep the mind that the British government is at it’s heart an anti white institution. Your average amren commentator will look at an article like this and think “this is crazy” “those liberal traitors should be arrested” etc. This policy actually makes perfect sense when you realIze that to the modern kosher British government the only real “terrorist” are White racially aware Britons. These Jihadis are actually their allies against people like us so the British government actually wants them to come “home”. Our kosher overlords would prefer them to be in Europe then in the Middle East. They want these people outbreeding us, killing us, and raping our daughters in our homelands. That’s where they are the most use to the system we live under.

  • kikz2

    Returning Islamist fighters are being offered ‘jihadi rehab’ instead
    of prosecution for supporting blood-thirsty terrorist groups.

    The vast majority of more than 300 young men who have arrived back
    from Syria and Iraq are being allowed to continue their normal lives.

    my question is “why?”

    that’s just stupid.

    • IstvanIN

      INSANE actually.

  • dd121

    What madness, but we already know that.

  • Jaggers

    Typical response by a bunch of sissies. It almost implies that these Muslims returning from Jihad are somehow victims. Cameron must go.

    • libertarian1234

      Cameron is a total idiot just as bad as Obama.

      • bilderbuster

        They’re both traitors who serve the same Masters.

  • IstvanIN

    Stop the revolving door once they leave they can not come back. Period. How difficult a concept is that?

  • Hell will freeze over before a single muzzie is rehabbed. What we have here is a traitorous government trying to sell a psy op to the British public. Throw the rascals in a dungeon and so with them as your ancestors would have done.

  • libertarian1234

    Good lord. Just when I thought the British weenie elites couldn’t get any more naïve, gullible and dumber they outdo themselves once again.

    I’m surprised they didn’t think anger management classes would be adequate for jihadists who cut off people’s heads, murder and rape women and little children.

    The UK keeps deteriorating even worse than this country.

    • bilderbuster

      Throughout history, the elites of Europe have sold out their peoples. Until the people rise up and expel the money changers as they have in the past, this kind of behavior of the European elites/sellouts will continue.

    • For the final exam, to prove they’ve been sucessfully rehabilitated I think the UK should let them transport a small nuclear device (say in the 10-20 kiloton range) in the subway between Liverpool and London.

      If they can pass that test then I think they should be pretty safe overall and can be trusted in general society.

  • Steven Barr

    I think the issue here is evidence against them. The simple fact that they went to Syria is not enough to prosecute.
    As bad as the government is I don’t think they are so bad that they would let people get away if they had proof of violent actions.

    • IstvanIN

      let’em stay in Syria and forget prosecution.


    I guarantee, if they decide to use this unbelievably naive “softer approach” with the returning jihadists”, as they call them. There will be a terrorist attack carried out by one of these scumbags and the blood of innocent Brits will be on the hands of the cowardly lion himself, Mr. Blair, oh wait,, I mean ugh, Mr. Cameron. They seem so alike at times it’s hard to keep them straight. But really, just what exactly are these “returning jihadists” returning from? Is it summer camp? A relaxing vacation with the family? An attendance at the evil National Policy Institute’s conference in Budapest? < Of course not, action would be taken if that were the case ). No they are returning from Murder, Rape, Subjugation Of Entire Cities, Religious Persecution, Ethnic Cleansing, Beheading Hundreds Of Men Women And CHILDREN, And Did I Mention Murder? < But it's only Murder on the massive scale of Tens and Tens and Tens of Thousands of people, not like that should matter or anything! )

    The isanity of our time seems to know no end! It really is the case of the West surviving, or not! I just wish the people who should know better, would behave accordingly!

  • Roninf9

    The reason these Jihadis are being let back into Britain is because they were fighting for the “British” government’s interests. ISIS is a creation of the CIA/MI6/Mossad. Its mission is to overthrow Assad and to destabilize the entire region so it can be more easily controlled and integrated into a regional and eventually global government. If the Jihadis end up killing a bunch of native Britons then so much the better. It will keep the British people in line and begging to give up more wealth and liberty for (false) security.