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Syria: Detainees

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 236249, tabled on 25 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the transfer of detainees in North East Syria for prosecution to authorities in (a) Assad-controlled Syria and (b) Iraq for prosecution in Iraqi domestic courts.

Answered on

28 March 2019

​We wish to see those who have fought for or supported Daesh in Iraq or Syria, whatever their nationality, brought to justice for their crimes in accordance with due legal process in the most appropriate jurisdiction. We are aware of reported discussions between the detaining authorities in north-east Syria and the Iraqi authorities about possible transfer of Iraqi nationals for prosecution in Iraqi courts. We are not aware of any such discussions with the Syrian regime. Given the regime's appalling human rights record, we would not view prosecution by the Asad regime as an appropriate means of justice.

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