LMT Online/Washington Post: Justice leaders wary to try ISIS fighters in US, as prosecutors push for case
WASHINGTON – Justice Department leaders are reluctant to recommend U.S.-based criminal trials for two Islamic State militants captured and detained in Syria, according to American officials who said that, even though federal prosecutors believe they can win in court, it is unclear whether there is sufficient evidence to secure convictions and lengthy prison terms.
At the same time, senior Trump administration officials are adamant that Britain bears responsibility to prosecute the men, Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, whose British citizenships were revoked over their alleged affiliation with an ISIS cell suspected of murdering Westerners.
Further complicating matters, Attorney General Jeff Sessions would prefer that Kotey and Elsheikh be sent to the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, though he has recognized the success of federal terrorism prosecutions.
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WNU Editor: Bringing justice to ISIS fighters is going to be an ongoing problem. The crimes they have committed are overwhelming, but witnesses have been murdered and/or displaced and the evidence (with the exception of the bodies) have been destroyed. But I give credit to U.S. Justice Department leaders for at least trying to bring these murderers to justice. I live in Canada and it seems that the authorities here are turning a blind eye to these former ISIS fighters …. Conservatives grill Goodale about Canadian ISIS fighter shortly before he recants murder claim (CBC).
Update: I stand corrected. It is worst than what I thought on how Canada is treating these former ISIS fighters …. Trudeau worries that questions about a violent ISIS fighter are divisive (Brian Lilly).