02 June 2017

News Story: Former Australian PM calls for special 'terror courts' to deal with returning foreign fighters

FORMER PM Tony Abbott
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CANBERRA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that Australia is "pussyfooting" around the role radical Islamism is playing in causing terrorism, and has called for a "special court" to be created specifically to deal with returning Australian Islamic State (IS) fighters.

Penning a piece in News Corp newspapers on Thursday, the former Prime Minister said that returning foreign fighters were getting away with traveling to and from conflict zones such as in the Middle East due to a loophole in current Australian law.

Abbott said that just two Islamist extremists have been charged in Australian courts despite dozens returning to Australia from Iraq and Syria over the last few years - something recently made illegal by the government.

Read the full story at Xinhua