A son of militant Islamic preacher Abu Hamza who traveled to Syria in 2013 wants to return home and is appealing the decision to revoke his British citizenship.
Sufyan Mustafa, the seventh of Hamza’s nine children, left his family’s West London home to fight in Syria when he was 19.
He said he was allied with rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but Britain revoked his citizenship over suspected terrorism links.
Now aged 24, the former computer sciences student reportedly attempted to return home at the end of last year, but was prevented from boarding a flight to Britain from Turkey when his named appeared on a terror watch list.
Sufyan Mustafa, 24, left London at age 19 to fight in Syria but now wants to return to the UK
One source told the Sun: ‘He is trying to appeal against the decision to take away his British citizenship.
‘He has been told he can travel from Turkey to Morocco but doesn’t wish to.
‘The key thing is that he is not stateless as he has the option of going to Morocco.
‘There is no obligation on the Home Office to accept him back.’
Mustafa will reportedly appeal the Home Office’s decision to revoke him of his British citizenship
Abu Hamza, 60, Hamza was found guilty of terror offences in both the UK and US, where he is serving a life sentence at a high-security prison
His case is reminiscent of that of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old from Bethnal Green in east London whose British citizenship was revoked by Home Secretary Sajid Javid earlier in the week.
There has been controversy around that decision as the Home Office was relying on the fact that her Bangladeshi heritage might grant her citizenship to that country.
Yet the Bangladeshi government have since said they will not accept her. As a person cannot be rendered ‘stateless’ under international law, the Home Office may yet have to allow Begum to return to Britain.
Mustafa’s case is similar to that of Shamima Begum, whose citizenship was revoked earlier this week but who will also appeal the decision
Her family have said through a lawyer that they will fight the move.
Mustafa however, had Moroccan nationality through his mother, Najat – the second wife of Abu Hamza, so his case appears to be more straightforward.
Hamza, 60, is a former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque whose radical views brought him to the attention of the authorities and saw him expelled from Britain six years ago after a long legal battle.
Hamza was found guilty of terror offences in both the UK and US, where he is serving a life sentence at a high-security prison.
A friend of the 24-year-old said that Mustafa has been held in detention as niether Turkey nor Britain want to take him in, the Sun reported.
‘But Sufyan does not wish to go to Morocco and is desperate to return here,’ the friend added.