De­fence chief ’s kill IS fight­ers call at­tacked

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Crit­ics of De­fence Sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson have said his sug­ges­tion that Is­lamist fight­ers should be hunted down and killed could put Bri­tish sol­diers at risk of pros­e­cu­tion.

Lib­eral Demo­crat de­fence spokesman Lord (Men­zies) Camp­bell said the de­fence sec­re­tary ap­peared to be en­dors­ing breaches of hu­man­i­tar­ian law, while Labour MP and former para­trooper Dan Jarvis said his com­ments were “morally, legally and prac­ti­cally wrong” and a former Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions dis­missed them as more fit for a Net­flix se­ries than gov­ern­ment.

In an in­ter­view with a Lon­don news­pa­per, Mr Wil­liamson said Bri­tons who have fought for Is­lamic State should never be al­lowed to come back to this coun­try. And he said those who in­tent on bring­ing “de­struc­tion, death and blood­shed” onto the streets of Bri­tain were be­ing “hunted” and that threat “elim­i­nated”. He told the pa­per: “A dead ter­ror­ist can’t cause any harm to Bri­tain.”

Down­ing Street used more mea­sured lan­guage as it re­peated the warn­ing of Mr Wil­liamson’s pre­de­ces­sor Sir Michael Fal­lon that Bri­tons who fight along­side the UK’s en­e­mies in Syria and Iraq make them­selves a “le­git­i­mate tar­get”.

Gavin Wil­liamson

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