The French anti-terror magistrate is keen that militants be sent back to their countries of origin and be given a fair trial, instead of being refused entry.
A similar thought has been doing rounds in Malaysia when militants of Malaysian origins had expressed a desire to return back home, after the Syrian civil war has ceased.
France has been reluctant in taking back its citizens but has been generous to rehabilitating orphaned children from post-war Syria.
With US troops being called back from the Northern part of Syria, and Turkey ready a temporary called off offensive, European nations are wary of a fact that more than 12,000 militants (including thousands of foreigners) being held in Syrian Kurdish prisons could escape.
They would find reroutes into many parts of Europe, increasing the chances of regional conflicts.
Official estimates from the Soufan Center, a security research institute confirm that as many as 1,910 French citizens had joined the Islamic State.
Multiple attacks in Paris, Brussels and elsewhere in 2015 and 2016 were connected to people suspected of having fought for the Islamic State.
In France alone, more than 230 people have been killed in Islamic State-linked attacks since 2015.
David De Pas is a French anti-terrorist judge and coordinator of France’s 12 anti-terrorism examining magistrates.
Pas feels that it would be “better to know that these people are in the care of the judiciary” in France “than let them roam free.”
France is said to be wishing that the militants be tried by the local courts, instead of being sent off to their countries of origin.
In tandem with this thought, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian traveled to Iraq recently to convince Baghdad to take in and try French militants being held in northern Syria.
De Pas, however, has argued that instability in the region and the “porous nature” of the Syrian Kurdish prison camps risked triggering the “uncontrolled migration of jihadists to Europe, with the risk of attacks by very ideological people.
Pas, however, has argued that instability in the region and the “porous nature” of the Syrian Kurdish prison camps risked triggering the “uncontrolled migration of jihadists to Europe, with the risk of attacks by very ideological people.
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