A GOVERNMENT-run terror detox course has been blasted as being too soft.
Therapists are accused of pandering to jihadis.
Among 116 extremists who have been on the Contest course are freed hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
Dr Alan Mendoza, of The Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “Soft-touch counsellors who sympathise more with the jihadis than the public they’re meant to protect, make a mockery of the whole thing.”
A jihadi bride sent for six sessions after returning from Syria with her child got housing help and legal advice.
Yet court documents seen by The Sun on Sunday show she was blasted by a judge for her “ongoing failure” to be give an honest account.
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IT is difficult enough to understand why hate-filled jihadis are being allowed back into Britain from war-torn Syria.
But it is beyond belief that, once here, these IS terror supporters and their brides are being pandered to in woolly liberal rehabilitation courses.
Rather than being locked up, they are sent to well-meaning counsellors who listen to their “grievances” and help boost their “identity, self-esteem, meaning and purpose”. They are also handed benefits at taxpayers’ expense to ease their re-entry into the country they only recently treated with contempt.
This wishy-washy “detox” therapy is supposed to rid these brainwashed fanatics of their evil, anti-Western beliefs and convert them into upstanding citizens.
Ministers think it is then fine for these extremists to be quietly resettled into society.
But this softly, softly approach is not only sending out a dubious message about justice. It may also be allowing manipulative fanatics who still harbour murderous resentment against the West back into our midst.
In one case, a British-born woman claimed during therapy that she only learned her jihadi husband was taking her to Syria while they were on their honeymoon.
She later confessed that she had been fully aware of such plans long before and lied about her own sympathies.
If others like her and hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who did the course, are making a mockery of the system by pulling the wool over the eyes of the so-called experts, how can any of us feel safe?
It is time such people were treated for what they are, criminals and terrorists.
The woman in her 20s told a therapist she only made the decision to live in Syria while on honeymoon. Later she said she knew she was going there from the start.
Independent MP John Woodcock said: “It’s worthwhile looking for people who genuinely repent and can then play a positive role in de-radicalising others.”
The Home Office said: “Keeping the public safe is our first priority.”
Gullible puts us at risk from fanatics
By Rakib Ehsan
BRITAIN’S judges — with their usual obsession with “human rights” — aren’t known for acting tough on Islamic extremists.
So it’s extraordinary that a judge would round on a provider of the Government’s so-called tough-on-terror programme.
It exists to “deradicalise” Islamists, if such a conversion were possible.
Its attendees include Anjem Choudary, right, who has been linked to more than 100 jihadists.
It is even suggested by some on the liberal left as the solution for jihadi bride Shamima Begum if she returned. She said seeing heads in bins didn’t bother her if they were from “enemies of Islam”.
Yet the counsellors meant to deliver the conversion scheme are clearly eager to believe the jihadi lies they should be challenging, risking the safety of us all.
Keeping Britain safe from extremists is tough. It’s made harder by gullible jobsworths who can’t be trusted to change the most fanatical Islamists.
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