New Zealand slams Australia for stripping IS detainee of citizenship

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accused Australia of abdicating its responsibilities by cancelling the citizenship of a woman detained in Turkey with alleged ties to the Islamic State.

"Our very strong view on behalf of New Zealand and New Zealanders, was that this individual was clearly most appropriately dealt with by Australia", she said in Wellington Tuesday.

Ms Ardern said the woman was a dual Australian and New Zealand national until Australia "unilaterally cancelled" her citizenship a year ago, despite the fact she left New Zealand to live in Australia at the age of six.

In response to Ms Ardern's comments, Mr Morrison said: "It's my job as the Australian Prime Minister to put Australia's national security interests first".

Instead, Australia revoked the woman's citizenship, making her exclusively New Zealand's problem.

"The legislation that was passed through our Parliament automatically cancels the citizenship of a dual citizen when they've been engaged in terrorist activities of this nature", Morrison said, adding that he would speak to Ardern about the issue.

However, Ms Ardern pointed out that the woman - who the Turkish Ministry of National Defence has identified as a member of IS - had not lived in New Zealand since she was a child.

She was then told the next year that Australia had unilaterally revoked the citizenship of the individual. "But now there are two children involved". "Australia did not act in good faith".

New Zealanders believe that practice contributes to crime at home.

When asked this morning if New Zealand should block the person's return, National leader Judith Collins said that "most New Zealanders like me, would consider such a person not someone we would go out of our way to assist back to New Zealand. other than meeting the obligations the Government has to".


Instead of coming up with a plan, the Australians had walked away from their own problems, said Ardern.

That's my job. And it's my job as the Australian Prime Minister to put Australia's national security interests first. "We know that young children thrive best when surrounded by people who love them".

"(The woman) has resided in Australia since that time, has her family in Australia and left for Syria from Australia on her Australian passport".

It also raised a question around New Zealand's capability to deradicalise someone such as the woman in Turkish detention, and the financial burden that would fall on the Islamic community to support that, she said.

Reporters in the press gallery said the normally even-tempered leader was "visibly furious".

Danzeisen also highlighted the radicalisation of the woman, and the bumbling jihadi Mark Taylor - who spent years in Australia - and the Christchurch mosques' terrorist.

Islamic Women's Council media spokeswoman Anjun Rahman said there had been recent funding for police to do deradicalisation work, and around establishing a centre of expertise to study the causes of, and ways to prevent, terrorism.

One of them, a 26-year-old woman, identified by the initials S.

It was work the Chief Coroner should undertake as part of the inquiry into the Christchurch shootings, she said.

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