Concern over struggle to prosecute Isis returnees as Turkey deportations loom

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Raffaello Pantucci, a senior associate fellow in international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) said the Aristidou case had illustrated longstanding problems. He told The Independent: “You have a bizarre situation where someone has clearly fought in Syria and they can’t prosecute him for that, and at the end of the day he’s prosecuted for something he did before he travelled.” Mr Pantucci said similar situations would “show up more and once Covid restrictions lift”. “People are going to show up,” he added. “They will be leaving Syria or the Turks will throw them out of prison. They’ve got [alleged Isis Beatle] Aine Davis, they’ve got some very dangerous people.”


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