Jeremy Corbyn Sparks Controversy By Saying Head Of ISIS Should Have Been Arrested Not Killed

Jeremy Corbyn said head of ISIS should have been arrested and not killed Credit: Shutterstock

JEREMY CORBYN today insisted that mass-murdering ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should have been arrested – despite the fact that the terrorist leader blew himself and two of his children up as US soldiers approached.

In an interview with LBC, the Labour leader said forcing al-Baghdadi to stand trial would have been the ‘right thing to do’ under international law.

‘If we want to live in a world of peace and justice we should practice it as well’, Mr Corbyn said during the interview on the election campaign trail.

A reporter, in reference to comments made by Corbyn in 2011 after US special forces killed al-Qeaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, asked: ‘In 2011, after US special forces killed Osama Bin Laden, you said it was a ‘tragedy’ that the al-Qaeda leader was dead rather than being captured and put on trial and so is the recent death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a tragedy?’

The opposition leader replied: ‘If we preach international law and international legal process through the International Court of Justice in The Hague then we should carry it out’

‘And if it’s possible to arrest somebody and put them on trial, then that is what should have been done and that is what I said about the death in 2011 and it would continue to be my principle.’

The comments came hours after Mr Corbyn’s two-day general election tour of Scotland got off to a disastrous start as he was heckled and labelled a ‘terrorist sympathiser’ when he arrived at an event in Glasgow.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today branded the opposition leader ‘naive to the point of being dangerous’.

He told a campaign event in Coventry: ‘You have got to be realistic about the threats that this country faces, whether they are from Iran or from Russia or in indeed from international terrorism from … ISIS.

‘Al-Baghdadi was, let’s make no bones about it, an absolutely diabolical foe of this country, of our liberal values, everything that we believe in and support.

‘He was responsible for untold murders. I have to say I do not think it realistic to suggest that he could be apprehended by the police in the circumstances – or by anybody in the circumstances – in which he was finally run to ground.’


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