Jihadists stripped of UK passports
BRITAIN: More than 150 jihadists and other criminals have been stripped of their citizenship and banned from returning to the UK.
Ministers stepped up the ‘‘deprivation orders’’ amid fears the collapse of Islamic State group will lead to an influx of militants from Syria, according to the Sunday Times.
Quoting official figures and security sources, the paper said more than 40 suspects have had their right to a passport removed this year, with about 30 targeted since March. It added those who have had their citizenship removed include gunmen and ‘‘jihadi brides’’.
They are all dual nationals, including British-born people with parents of different nationalities, as ministers cannot take away citizenship if it would lead a suspect stateless.
Security minister Ben Wallace said: ‘‘Prosecution and conviction is always our preference for dealing with terrorists.