British jihadi fighters considered ‘guilty’

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PEOPLE who leave this country to fight in Syria and Iraq should be considered guilty of being a terrorist unless proven innocent.

That is the view of the mayor of London Boris Johnson, whose comments suggest inverting the centuries-old principle of suspects of crime being considered innocent until proven guilty.

It comes after around six people from Portsmouth are understood to have travelled to fight in Syria with a group called Islamic State.

Two men from the city Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, and Ifthekar Jaman, 23, of Southsea, have died fighting in the conflict.

The group is now fighting in Iraq and hit the headlines again recently after an IS video was published purporting to show the execution of a American journalist James Foley, who was being held captive by the group.

Mr Johnson said he wants the reportedly English jihadist who beheaded Mr Foley to be killed in a bomb attack, and joined the growing calls for Britons fighting abroad to be stripped of their citizenship.

Human rights group Liberty’s director Shami Chakrabarti has criticised Mr Johnson’s comments on citizenship.