BEIRUT: A former senior government adviser to the British government has spoken out against arresting U.K. nationals who fight in conflicts abroad, the daily the Guardian has reported.
The newspaper said Farooq Siddiqui, who was a regional manager for the Prevent strategy on tackling extremism, took part in a Facebook conversation in which he pointed out that Britons who fight with the Israeli Army face no sanctions when they return home.
But he pointed out that in contrast, U.K. nationals who fight against “what they viewed as a tyrannical dictator, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, faced arrest” upon their return.
“If a man describes himself as wanting to help the oppressed and dies, in that case he is a martyr,” Siddiqui reportedly wrote.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 01, 2014, on page 8.