HOME Secretary Sajid Javid has been slammed after it was revealed that just 40 out of 400 returning ISIS fanatics have been jailed since 2012.
Around 400 ISIS terror traitors have returned to Britain from the Middle East since 2012 after leaving to fight for terrorist groups such as ISIS.
Labour MP John Woodcock, who demanded the figures, said the low prosecution rate “shows how urgently we need to toughen our terror laws”.
Tonight terrorism minister @BWallaceMP finally revealed to me the number of returning British Jihadis who have been prosecuted – 40. Out of 400! So c.360 are free. One in ten prosecution rate shows how urgently we need to toughen our terror laws.
— Lord Walney (@LordWalney) June 11, 2018
Mr Woodcock, who is the MP for Barrow and Furness said: “So, only one-tenth of people have been successfully prosecuted?
That does not mean the others are innocent of terrorism charges if they have been over to Iraq and Syria, if they have been aiding Daesh in whatever form and they are British citizens, they have been aiding enemies of the British state.”
Woodcock also called on the Tories to introduce a similar system to that in place in Australia, whereby certain areas are deemed illegal to travel to.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he would be “looking at just that”, adding: “There’s a bit more work to do on it, it’s not as straightforward as it might sound.”
Tory MP John Howell, who sits on the Commons justice committee, later warned ministers that they ran the risk of radicalising more people by extending prison sentences for terror offences.
The Henley MP said: “On my notes to this debate, I have written ‘so they will be more radicalised, by spending more time in prison’.
“I think that that is a risk that we run with extending the prison sentences by ensuring that they are more susceptible to the influences that are going to effect that radicalisation process. What we need to do is to address that in total from the beginning.”
Mr Javid said he was taking a “long, hard, forensic look” at powers available to the police, security services and the judiciary to ensure they have what they need.
He said the Bill would allow the police and MI5 to “disrupt threats earlier and to ensure that our laws reflect the modern use of the internet”.