Travel ban for jihad brother, 16

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A 16-year-old boy whose two elder brothers have been killed waging jihad in war-torn Syria has been barred by a High Court judge from travelling abroad.

Mr Justice Hayden made the teenager a ward of court – a move which bars him from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales.

The judge made the ruling at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London after local authority social services staff raised fears that the teenager could travel to Syria.

He said the youngster could not be named.

But he said the local authority which had applied for the teenager to be made a ward of court was Brighton and Hove City Council.

Mr Justice Hayden was told that the teenager had joint Libyan and British nationality.

He was told that council staff had learned that family members were making plans for the teenager to go on a trip to Dubai during the Easter holiday.

The judge said he was concerned to “keep this lad alive” and said an order which barred from travelling abroad was proportionate.

“(The teenager) is a vulnerable young person,” said the judge. “He has grown up in modern Britain in an extraordinary family – a family where the male members are patently committed to waging Jihad in war-torn Syria.”

He said he had balanced the teenager’s human rights and added: “The balance falls clearly in protecting this young man, ultimately from himself.”

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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