No Special Treatment for ISIS Member’s Family: PM Abbot

The wife and five children of an Australian believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers will face the “full severity of Australian law” if they attempt to return home, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday.

Abbott last week 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 family of suspected Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf would face the same consequences, Abbott said in response to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that Sharrouf’s wife was seeking repatriation with their children.

“If criminals come within the reach of our law, whether they’re male or female, they will face the full severity of our law,” Abbott told reporters.

” … There are criminals who go to jail all the time and they have children, and the children of these particular criminals will be dealt with in the same way that the children of criminals are normally dealt with,” he said.



  • Millie_Woods

    Excellent Excellent!

  • Abbott is a great Aussie PM – I wish he was Canadian or British or US premier. This is just the kind of toughness the Western world needs right now.

  • Frau Katze

    Right decision.

  • It has to be done. The man is obviously violent and his family should not benefit from living in a First World country. They can extoll the “virtues” of Islamism elsewhere.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Abbott is da man!

  • roccolore

    We need more leaders like Abbott. Europe appeases terrorists.

  • Brett_McS

    “…media reports that his government was negotiating with potential defectors”.

    I’d call that Push Reporting.

    • Sir Roderick Spode

      That is nothing new. The Australian media hate Abbott with a passion. The Leftwing media just make stuff up. The state owned media run venomous op eds and endless speculation as to his imminent downfall. It has caused a disconnect with the voters. We get sick of reading something in the media only to have it turn out to be bulldust. Easier to switch off. So sensitised have they become even gestures like looking at his watch or winking send them into paroxysms of outrage.

  • WalterBannon

    They need to go one further, and promise returning Muslims a summary death penalty sentence

  • Minicapt

    Bring them back, put them in Special Barracks at Singleton, and assign them “Enemy Forces” tasks for the School of Infantry.