Muslim leader supports deporting naturalised Irish citizens involved in terrorism abroad

Muslim leader supports deporting naturalised Irish citizens involved in terrorism abroad

It comes after Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev, who had been living in Dublin, was arrested for allegedly fighting for the Islamic State

A prominent leader of the Muslim community in Ireland has said he supports the idea that naturalised Irish citizens involved in terrorism abroad should have their citizenship revoked.

Islamic scholar Dr Umar Al Qadri said he backs the deportation of such people who leave the country to engage in acts of terror.

The claim comes after an Irishman was arrested in Syria yesterday for allegedly fighting for the Islamic State.

The man has since been named as Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev, who is originally from Belarus but had been living in Dublin.

According to Syrian forces, Alexandr was allegedly part of a group who were planning a horrific attack on civilians.

The Dubliner and four other men were captured in an operation aimed at foiling a large-scale assault on civilians attempting to escape the ISIS-controlled region.

Chairperson of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, Dr Umar Al Qadri, suggested that any naturalised Irish citizens who go abroad to engage in extremism should not be accepted back into Ireland.

Instead, Dr Qadri suggests they should be deported back to their country of origin.

He told RTE News that these are people who will remain dangerous in jail because they may radicalise others.

He was also critical of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s suggestion that consular assistance would be available to any such person abroad, saying Ireland needs to send a strong message against extremism.

Link to Media Reports:

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0107/1021719-syria-irish-citizen/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46783903

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/muslim-leader-supports-deporting-naturalised-13824489

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