Belgium to revoke passports of suspected Islamist fighters

The Belgian government proposed a law on Friday which will invalidate passports and identity cards of people authorities believe plan to go and fight for militant Islamist organizations in the Middle East.

The measure, which has to be approved by parliament, is a response to Belgium’s position as the source of many foreigners fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Some 300 mostly young men are estimated to have left the country of 11 million inhabitants over the past few years to fight for organizations such as Islamic State, one of the largest per capita contributors in western Europe.

“The new law allows us to make leaving Belgian territory with the intention of engaging in terrorist acts a criminal offense,” Justice Minister Koen Geens said…

  • It’s something even though too late.

    (SEE: horse, barn, out of)

    • Frau Katze

      Very true.

    • Mal

      Too right, Osumashi.
      Also, “proposed a law” is not “passed a law”.

      • I will be disappointed but not surprised if it should not pass.

    • Alain

      Indeed that ship sailed long ago.

      • I guess it’s better than nothing, though.

        Unless Belgium wants to start a really medieval bombing campaign against ISIS.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    They will forge replacements of any invalidated passports.

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll just do what the jihadis do to leave Britain, which is to use their younger siblings’ passports.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir


    • Alain

      Love it.

  • Bataviawillem

    Poor timing, invaledate after they left.

  • terrence

    Keep the terrorists in Belgium – that makes a LOT of sense. Where will the terrorist attack, murder, behead, rape and do all the other things these scum bags do.

    They should be let out, and NEVER allowed to return.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Based on Belgium’s conduct, they deserve it.

      • terrence

        hmmm – you have a point.