In France, a jihadist returned from Syria stripped of his French nationality
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Sentenced for terrorism, the Franco-Moroccan Nour-Eddine Benyatto was stripped of his French nationality. The man was sentenced in 2018 to eight years in prison for terrorist criminal association, after being arrested in 2016, suspected of having joined the ranks of the Islamic State organization in Syria, which he has always denied.

The government has stripped of his French nationality the binational Nour-Eddine Benyatto, sentenced in 2018 for participation in a criminal association for the preparation of a terrorist act, according to a decree published Friday, November 18 in the Official Journal.

“By decree dated November 16, 2022, on the assent of the Council of State, Nour-Eddine Benyatto is stripped of French nationality”, can we read in the Official Journal.

Born in October 1991 in Oujda in Morocco, the one who lived in Miramas (Bouches-du-Rhône) disappeared between the end of 2013 and mid-2014, suspected of having joined the ranks of the Islamic State organization in Syria.

Nour-Eddine Benyatto was arrested in 2016, persisting in denying having gone to Syria.

He was sentenced on December 6, 2018 on appeal for terrorist criminal association to eight years in prison, accompanied by a two-thirds security period, with continued detention, according to a judicial source.

Some 1,700 French people have joined Iraqi-Syrian jihadist areas since 2014

Before him, by decree on March 31, Mesut Sekerci had also lost his French nationality. Born in France, in July 1995 in Evreux (Eure), he had reached Syria in 2013 and was sentenced in April 2016 to ten years in prison with an arrest warrant for terrorist criminal association.

According to the French government, around 1,700 French people have left to join Iraqi-Syrian jihadist areas since 2014.

In France, only dual nationals can be deprived of their nationality (so as not to render a person stateless), but not those, among them, who were born French.

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The forfeiture of nationality may be decided in the event of an attack on the fundamental interests of the Nation or in the event of conviction for a crime or terrorist offence. It is pronounced by decree of the Prime Minister, after assent of the Council of State.

With AFP

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