UN sanctions 4 British nationals fighting with ISIL

camunFollowing a request from the UK government, the UN has sanctioned 4 British nationals said to be fighting with ISIS in Syria. The sanctions make them subject to a UN-wide asset freeze and travel ban.

The 4 people are:

  1. Sally-Anne Jones
  2. Aqsa Mahmood
  3. Omar Hussain (aka. Abu al-Britani)
  4. Nasser Muthana

Jones is said to be listed for using Twitter to recruit women for ISIS, giving advice on how to reach Syria, and inciting bomb attacks in the UK. Mahmood, described as a key member of the all-female ISIS al-Khanssaa brigade, is also listed for recruiting online and inciting attacks in Europe. Hussain has encouraged women and children to travel to Syria using social media, and said that he would only return to the UK to carry out a bomb attack. Muthana is believed to have appeared in ISIS propaganda videos.

This is the first time since 2006, when a member of al-Qaeda was listed, that the UK has requested the UN sanction its own nationals in this way. Speaking on Monday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Cameron said that the listings send “a clear deterrent message to those thinking of going to fight for ISIL”, and added that “we will continue to consider whether more individuals should be subjected to the sanctions”.

This entry was posted in Syria, United Kingdom, United Nations by Maya Lester QC. Bookmark the permalink.

About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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