New Law: British jihadists trapped in Syria face automatic 10 years behind bars on their return to the UK

British jihadists trapped in Syria face 10 years in jail upon their return to the UK under a new law that requires no evidence of them taking part in fighting.

The ‘designated area’ offence introduced last month makes it a crime to travel to a blacklisted region or remain there after a one-month grace period unless for a legitimate reason, such as journalism.

Currently this covers the northwestern province of Idlib, which is partly controlled by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, but it could soon extend far wider.

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