British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: ISIS should not be prosecuted for ‘expressing a political point of view’

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: ISIS should not be prosecuted for ‘expressing a political point of view’
Jeremy Corbyn (Image: News Pictures/Rex Shutterstock)

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”.

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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.

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