Lords discuss updating treason laws to prosecute jihadists

Peers in the House of Lords have been talking about how treason laws could be updated to ensure returning jihadists are prosecuted.

Right now only around 10% of the 400+ ISIS-supporting jihadists who have been allowed back into Britain have been prosecuted. This is a clear danger to national security.

There has been a fierce debate over the future of ISIS bride Shamima Begum, with the vast majority of the British public wanting her kept out of the country even if it violates international law.

Former Security and Counter-Terror Minister Lord West, a former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, has said that it is “appropriate that as a nation we show how repugnant this is and how appalling that sort of behaviour is”.

He has called for a tightening of the law to ensure Islamic extremists are prosecuted: “Update the treason law and show these people to be traitors, something that our nation really believes they are.”

Home Office Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford said that she would look into it: “I agree the 1351 Treason Act is rather an old Act. Of course it was relatively recently updated in 1861.”

Meanwhile Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn argued that Shamima Begum should be allowed back into Britain. Disgusting, but sadly not surprising.