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Islamic State: British Nationals Abroad

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL14765, tabled on 25 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to transferring British nationals detained in Syria or Iraq to the UK to be prosecuted for their involvement and complicity in the atrocities perpetrated by Daesh; and what discussions they have had, if any, with the governments of Syria and Iraq in relation to such transfers.

Answered on

3 April 2019

We are in ongoing discussions with our partners concerning the future of Daesh members detained by the Syrian Defence Forces in north-east Syria. If a UK national does return from Syria, it is for the police and Crown Prosecution Service to decide if they should be prosecuted.

We have no diplomatic engagement with the Syrian regime, and therefore we have had no recent discussions with them about transferring British nationals detained in Syria to the UK or any other subject.