A leading counter terrorism expert told Sputnik UK in an exclusive interview that the 12 year jail sentence handed to a man in Britain whose mother informed police after he travelled to Syria, could lead to the radicalisation of more Muslims.
Hamed El-Said, Professor in International Business and Political Economy at Manchester Metropolitan University, says the judge made a “Big mistake”.
“Basically it’s a form of deceit, a form of literally entrapping individuals to give information about people who are trying to come back from Syria, or even trying to go there. Instead of doing what you promised to do if they give you information, you’re letting them down”.
Professor Hamed El-Said Muslim is attending an international conference on countering violent extremism in Abu Dhabi. He says Muslim communities throughout the world will have heard about the decision by a British judge to imprison a man whose mother informed police about his whereabouts. This decision, according to El-Said, will take a long time for the Muslim community to recover from:
“It will undermine societal community a great deal and will even further radicalise individuals. It will just give them the message that officials are not really genuine about this, not really interested in helping individuals return, they just have their own priority which is completely different.
“I’m afraid it was a big mistake and now this is in the public eye, almost every Muslim in the UK and Europe knows about this; I think it will take a while to recover from this incident alone”.
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British jihadists jailed for 12 years after parents inform police