Five people lose Australian citizenship over Islamic State involvement

| 09.08,18. 03:59 PM |



Five people lose Australian citizenship over Islamic State involvement


Photo: Peter Dutton did not disclose the identities of the five or what exactly they had been doing with Islamic State. (Reuters: Dado Ruvic)

Australia has stripped five people of their citizenship due to involvement with Islamic State and "serious terrorist-related activity", Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says.


"We have taken a decision that these people have been involved in serious terrorist-related activity," Mr Dutton told AM.


"Australia is a safer place for not having them return," he said.


The five terrorists are aged in their 20s and 30s, Mr Dutton has not released any information about who they are or what exactly they have been doing with Islamic State.


The only person previously stripped of Australian citizenship under the anti-terror laws passed in 2015 is Khaled Sharrouf.


He shot to global infamy when photos were posted online showing his seven-year-old son in Syria holding a severed head.


Mr Dutton said the five stripped of their Australian citizenship have been acting against Australia's interests by engaging with terrorism and "effectively chosen to leave the Australian community".


The anti-terror laws mean Australians can have their citizenship cancelled if they also hold citizenship of another nation and therefore are not left stateless.


"The determination of the Government is to try and keep Australia as safe as possible and we do that by keeping these people far from our shores so if we can deal with foreign fighters away from our shores we do that," Mr Dutton said.


"If people are coming back here armed with all that knowledge it does provide a significant security risk to Australian citizens so we are very keen to neutralise that wherever we can."


Stripping the Australian citizenship of the five started last year.


Mr Dutton said it takes a long time to gather evidence including checking the intelligence that has been gathered about each person.


"Obviously when you are talking about a war zone, it is a very different circumstance than a crime zone in Australia in terms of gathering that evidence," he said.


Mr Dutton said more people could have their Australian citizenship cancelled but said it would not be "large numbers" of people.


He noted that some Australians who have gone overseas to fight with Islamic State have been killed on the battlefield.

abc


MEDIA STATEMENT - ANIC Condemns The Daily Telegraph Headline



(Votes: 0)

Other News

Earthquake tremors felt in WA and SA Boy charged for NSW assault on woman, 78 NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM is taking a new approach to youth engagement, today Homemade 'napalm' allegedly found by police at Hobart property, but no law broken Police in Wonthaggi accused of excessive force as man placed in coma after dramatic arrest Australia's population hit 25 million, newest resident likely to be young, female and Chinese Households at 'tipping point', with more Australians struggling to pay living costs Man drank up to 40 cans of alcohol before Shepparton crash that killed his son, court hears Meteor streaking across the sky over NSW, Victoria captured by dashcam man survives plunging off cliff into Blue Lake by being thrown out window Two injured after car crashes into Miranda netball court Canberra school explosion: Early evidence points to gas canister explosion Father killed baby while mother was at work, jury finds Car explosion kills 50-year-old man at Canberra primary school Woman, 86, with dementia is signed up to energy account and issued $2,500 power bill ANZ cuts variable home loan rate for new customers as competition heats up Officers injured as 'stolen Mercedes' rams into police car Coles backs down on plastic bag ban, will hand out thicker bags as customers 'need more time' Black and Gold frozen vegetables recalled over listeria fears Interest-only mortgage borrowers flock to principal and interest loan discounts M1 crash: Truck driver charged after two dead, five injured in fiery collision Unpaid domestic violence leave comes into effect across Australia Man murdered young mum in Belanglo Forest, dumped dead 2yo in suitcase Meriton fined $3 million for interfering with negative TripAdvisor reviews Flinders Street car attack: Accused driver Saeed Noori has paranoid schizophrenia, court told Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns amid child sex abuse cover-up MH370 investigators unable to determine cause of disappearance unless 'wreckage is found' Death of Iranian asylum seeker was preventable: Qld's state coroner General Gordon Hotel in Sydney catches fire, roof collapses THAT’S A WRAP - NATIONS OF ORIGIN 2018