France would intervene if jihadis are sentenced to death. Many want the jihadis returned to France. France seems to have a suicidal desire to keep these jihadis alive, and even in France, and a strange sense of responsibility for them. They may be French citizens, but if they have gone to fight for ISIS, they do not consider themselves French, and are not French in any genuine sense. The French government is looking out for the welfare of people who would destroy it if they got the chance.
“If French jihadists are sentenced to death, France will intervene,” translated from “Si des djihadistes français sont condamnés à mort, la France interviendra,” translated from Le Figaro, January 28, 2018 (thanks to Alexandre):
In the event that a French national was sentenced to death in Syria or Iraq, “the French State would intervene, by negotiating with the State in question (…) on a case by case basis,” said the Keeper of the Seals.
Sunday. This is an issue that has been debated for several months. What to do with the French gone to Syria and Iraq to join a terrorist group and who are now locked up there? Should they be repatriated or tried on the spot? And above all, what if they are sentenced to death? For the first time, the Minister of Justice answered this question Sunday: yes, France would react if one or more French jihadists were sentenced to death in Iraq or Syria, said Nicole Belloubet during the “Grand Jury” RTL- LCI-Le Figaro.
“The French state would intervene, by negotiating with the state in question, and again it would be a case by case treatment,” said the Minister of Justice.
The question is all the more important since the convictions began to be pronounced in Iraq. On 21 January, the Baghdad Criminal Court sentenced a German national of Moroccan origin to death by hanging for belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group.
A French woman is currently awaiting trial in Iraq. Differences by country In November 2017, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, stated the position of France: the French fighters were to be tried in Iraq, a sovereign state whose judicial authority is recognized by France. As for women and children, the executive said that situations would be evaluated “on a case-by-case basis”.
Then, the speech was a little more precise. In January, the Keeper of the Seals came up with the idea of a possible return of women parties to jihad. “If the rules of fair trial are not respected locally, we have international conventions on which we are very eyebrow and so we will support them in France,” she said.
The situation is however different from one country to another. “With Turkey, we have agreements that are clear and allow us to bring people back, with Iraq, it is a state that is recognized as such and so of course the French who are there can be judged by the Iraqi state, “explained the Keeper of the Seals this Sunday. “Syria is a bit more complicated because the state is not recognized as such, and of course it’s a case-by-case treatment,” she said, reiterating a position that fails to hide the embarrassment of the French executive.
The treatment of suspected French jihadists in Iraq and Syria is a thorny issue, which is far from unanimous in the government. Witness the words of the Minister of Armies Florence Parly, who sparked controversy in October by implicitly endorsing the elimination of French jihadists in Iraq and Syria. On Monday, she maintained this speech, adding that she had no “moods” about French jihadists.
Questioned this Sunday about the comments of his colleague, the Minister of Justice thinks that there is “no difference in analysis” between them. “I think it’s important for the government to have a policy on it that is clear and shared by all,” said the Keeper of the Seals. “I repeat, like my colleague Parly, that these people voluntarily went to fight alongside Daesh and therefore they have a responsibility and a choice,” she said. “But as Minister of Justice, I can not say anything other than my commitment to the rules of fair trial,” she said.
676 French on Iraqi-Syrian zone “Today, the war is coming to an end, but we are still in this total confusion at the institutional level about these people who have gone to jihad,” commented recently on a specialist in the Syrian-Iraqi zone at Le Figaro. “France gives the impression of not wanting to recover them, both because of the problem of legal overcrowding and the bad image that a possible assistance to jihadists would give.”
At present, several civil society actors, including the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), plead for possible repatriation for these women and men to be tried in France. Lawyers, whose clients are currently in the zone, believe that “everything must be done to facilitate their repatriation, in accordance with France’s international commitments”.
Recently, four lawyers, who felt that their clients were being arbitrarily detained, filed a complaint to urge the state to take a stand on their fate. According to the prosecutor of the Republic of Paris, François M…
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