Australia revokes citizenship radical imam

Australia has withdrawn the citizenship of an Islamic clergyman who is currently detained for terrorist activities. This is the first time that Australia has taken the citizenship of someone still residing in the country.

It is the spiritual Abdul Nacer Benbrika who also has an Algerian passport. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for running a terrorist cell who wanted to bomb a 2005 sporting event in Melbourne. Benbrika served his sentence but is still being held. This can be done up to 3 years after the end of the sentence of imprisonment under the law, in case of terror.

Last year Australia withdrew the citizenship of someone detained in Turkey for recruiting fighters for Islamic State.