Australian PM Abbott closes door on foreign fighters coming home

Abdullah Elmir from southwest Sydney. Source.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday ruled out an amnesty for Australian citizens seeking to quit foreign militant groups and return home in the wake of media reports that his government was negotiating with potential defectors.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Australian authorities in the Middle East were negotiating with three Australian fighters with the Islamic State radical group who wanted to leave but feared imprisonment at home.

Abbott seemed to confirm their fears on Tuesday, taking a hard line that includes prison time for those who have ignored Australian laws expressly barring them from participating in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

“If you go abroad to break Australian law, if you go abroad to kill innocent people in the name of misguided fundamentalism and extremism, if you go abroad to become an Islamist killer, well, we are hardly going to welcome you back into this country,” Abbott told reporters.

“If you go abroad to join a terrorist group and you seek to come back to Australia, you will be arrested, you will be prosecuted and jailed”…

  • Good. I hope Canada adopts the same policy.

    • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

      Good idea but the best idea for the safety of the country would be, to take away their citizenship,even if they were born in here or not,safety for all of us first.

      • Brett_McS

        That is in the pipeline. It has to with modifying a UN treaty ratification, as some western countries have done; I think the UK and perhaps Canada.

  • J. C.

    You da man, Tony! ūüėČ

  • Maxsteele

    Meanwhile, here in Canada the opposition parties drool over poor little Omar Kadr.

    • David Murrell

      That’s because Omar Khadr belonged to al Qaeda — and al Qada supports the killing of all Jews. This group supports the final solution for Jews — so they earn the support of Canada’s liberal and media elites.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hooray for PM Abbott.

  • Maggat

    A leader with a back bone, wonders never cease.

  • cmh

    the headline is totally misleading….
    nobody will be disallowed return

    • Rosenmops

      But they will go to prison.

      • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

        They should,but the best idea will be a one way ticket of no return for all of those killers.

  • Good.

    Or kill them where they stand.

  • P_F

    Ditto for Canada.
    Actually a little bit more; charge them with treason & summary execution if they try to return.

    • Bataviawillem

      Agree, but I’am afraid it is wishful thinking.

  • andycanuck

    “prosecuted and jailed”…
    …until a liberal judge has them released early from prison or waives the charges. (Oz has as many bad judges as we do.)

  • pop

    Then your ptsd medical treatment is paid by tax payers in gaol.

    You have a lovely life, better than Isis land.

  • pop

    You might even enjoy a war veterans pension and become a hero with your other Muslim prisoners.

  • tom_billesley

    If and when they get out of prison, resettle them in Cambodia along with the boat invaders.

  • Doug Kursk

    The Jihadists should fear returning to the west.

  • mezcukor

    Great we should adopt the same policy in the USA