Jeremy Corbyn has argued that people who support Islamic State should not be prosecuted for “expressing a political point of view”.
The Labour leader told MPs that Britain should not make “value judgements” and that holding a view was not in itself “an offence.”
Speaking during a parliamentary debate on temporary exclusion orders in 2014, he questioned the creation of “legal obstacles” for fighters returning from to the UK from Syria.
Asked by a Conservative MP if he believed Isis fighters should be subject to special measures when they return to Britain, Mr Corbyn suggested they should not be prosecuted for “expressing a political point of view”.
He said: “I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence.
“The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy.