‘Jailed jihadi Hamzah Parvez should not be let back to UK to face justice’

‘Jailed jihadi Hamzah Parvez should not be let back to UK to face justice’

August 13, 2019

The devastated family of a jailed British jihadi who went to join IS have called for him to be brought back to the UK from Syria to face justice.

Hamzah Parvez was just 19 when he fled Britain to join the murderous regime and now, at 26, is being held by western-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.

Of course his family want him back in the UK because “facing justice” in prison here would surely be a picnic compared to the conditions he is enduring over there.

He’s apparently lost four stone. Now he really is Hungry Hamzah, the awful nickname he was given when he first went over there, because he missed KFC takeaways.

I have little sympathy for him, but it’s hard not to feel for his poor parents who are understandably in bits – his father suffered a stroke and a brain haemorrhage, and his mother is often in tears.

First-generation Asian parents like mine and presumably Hamzah’s came to this country for a better life, enduring a great deal of hardship and self-sacrifice along the way.

The last thing they would want is that their children embrace this twisted ideology, turning their backs on everything this country has given them and ruining their own lives as well as those of others.

It might be a different story if Hamzah had foolishly gone over expecting an Islamic utopia but then quickly realised it was a death cult hell-bent on beheadings, and tried to come back immediately.

Instead, he stayed there for five years and only when the dream turned into a nightmare did he want out.

And nightmare it most certainly was.

I’ve heard first-hand accounts from refugees from Syria here in Bradford about the brutal realities under IS.


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