Switzerland: Citizenship revoked of Muslim convicted of recruiting jihad fighters for Islamic State

In a first such move by Switzerland, which should be applauded and replicated in other Western countries:

Switzerland has revoked the citizenship of a man convicted of helping recruit jihadist fighters, invoking a law allowing dual nationals to be stripped of their Swiss passports for conduct detrimental to national interests or reputation.

“Last year, Australia revoked the nationality of an Islamic State (IS) recruiter, despite some concerns the move would leave him stateless, while Britain in February stripped a 19-year-old teenager of citizenship on security grounds.” And the German parliament recently revised its Nationality Act “to make it tougher on those joining foreign terrorist groups, polygamists and naturalized citizens who committed fraud to gain citizenship.” Germany’s cabinet also “approved a change to the law allowing dual nationals to lose their citizenship if they fight for a foreign terrorist militia.”

In Canada, the Liberal government scrapped a law instituted by the former Conservative government to strip citizenship from convicted terrorists who have dual citizenship. The premise was logical and important, as reported by the Toronto Sun, that “if you commit high treason or acts of war against Canada, the thinking goes, you’ve forfeited your right to be Canadian.”

“Swiss Revoke Citizenship from Dual-National Islamic State Recruiter,” Jerusalem Post,

ZURICH – Switzerland has revoked the citizenship of a man convicted of helping recruit jihadist fighters, invoking a law allowing dual nationals to be stripped of their Swiss passports for conduct detrimental to national interests or reputation.

Though the Swiss federal immigration office said this was the first time it had made such a move under the 66-year-old law, other Western nations have also stripped citizenship of people linked to extremist violence in the Middle East.

Last year, Australia revoked the nationality of an Islamic State (IS) recruiter, despite some concerns the move would leave him stateless, while Britain in February stripped a 19-year-old teenager of citizenship on security grounds.

The Swiss office did not release the other nationality of the man, who is in prison after receiving a multiple-year sentence for crimes including membership in a terrorist organization, spreading IS propaganda and seeking to convince fighters to participate in jihadist violence in the Middle East.

The man, likely to be expelled from Switzerland after his eventual release from prison, still has the opportunity to appeal, the immigration office said, without identifying him.

After someone’s citizenship has been withdrawn, Switzerland can deny entry to them if deemed a security threat.

The Swiss government has had several cases in which it proposed revoking citizenship from those with multiple nationalities, including a 19-year-old Swiss-Italian man it identified in 2016 as having been a suspected IS jihadist….

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