Reviled Aussie terrorist finally has his citizenship revoked: Report

Khaled Sharrouf horrified the world by tweeting a photo of his son holding a severed head
The government can revoke dual-nationals' citizenships under laws passed in December 2015.

Khaled Sharrouf, the Australian terrorist who posted a picture of his son holding a severed head, has been stripped of his citizenship, The Weekend Australian reports.

The newspaper says that Sharrouf is the first Australian to lose his citizenship under the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

The government made the move to strip him of citizenship early this year, according to The Weekend Australian.

Sharrouf horrified the world in August 2014 when he posted a picture on Twitter of his son, thought to be aged seven at the time, struggling to hold up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier. The terrorist captioned the picture “That’s my boy.”

In January, Iraqi news agencies reported that Sharrouf had been killed in an airstrike in Mosul. The reports of Sharrouf’s death couldn’t be confirmed at the time, and his family had previously claimed that he’d been imprisoned by Islamic State, the terror group he had been fighting for.

The government passed legislation in December 2015 that allows it revoke a dual-national’s Australian citizenship if the person engages in “terrorist-related conduct.”

The Weekend Australian says Sharrouf, who was born in Sydney, had Australian and Lebanese citizenship,

In July 2016, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for even tougher anti-terror laws in the wake of big terror attacks in the US and France, and the government passed new laws in December that allows convicted terrorists to be kept in jail after their sentence is complete if they’re still considered a risk to society.

Sharrouf spent four years in an Australian jail for a terror plot, and used his brother’s passport to sneak out of Australia in 2013 to fight for Islamic State because his own passport was revoked at the time. Tara Nettleton, his Australian wife, joined him in Syria in 2014 with their five children, and it was revealed in February 2016 that Nettleton had died from an illness. The whereabouts of the couple’s children is not publicly known. 

The Immigration Department and the Prime Minister’s Office didn’t immediately respond to Starts at 60’s request for comment on Sharrouf.

Do you think Australia’s anti-terror laws are currently tough enough? How do you feel about being an Australian citizen – should it be something that can be taken away from you if you do the wrong thing? 

  1. Guy Flavell  

    No, our anti-terror laws are still very much below par. In Victoria our communities are
    being terrorized constantly by gangs of youths originating from Africa and the Middle East.
    Mob violence, car jackings, home invasions, blatant robbery and burglary have sadly become
    a feature of life in Victoria and forced its citizens to be forming ‘militia’ type groups to defend
    their own properties. The State government and police don’t appear to be doing anything
    positive to reduce this ongoing problem and the State opposition seems equally hamstrung in
    their efforts for satisfactory reform. Boy, if only another Jeff Kennett would appear on the Victorian scene this problem could be fixed within months. Sadly, Victorians are currently enduring THE worst government in our history and I can see absolutely no improvement in
    this awful situation for a long time to come.

    • Bill Edwards  

      Damn right to do this, question is why the hell did it take so long to take this action after it was passed.
      Was Halal Mal the Muzzies Pal thinking we shouldn’t do it in case all the Muzzies wouldn’t want to come to his next post Ramadan little love in?
      He really needs to think about us non Muzzies just turning up at the next one and what that’ll do to his credibility!!

  2. Ros Thomas  

    I totally agree with your comments Guy. Worst Government we have ever had and the worst Premier we have ever had. Daniel Andrews is an absolute disgrace to all voters. Getting paid all that money just to sit on his hands! Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are just as bad. We now have a “pussy ” police force, letting gangs and criminals go unchecked which is a bloody disgrace. Bring back police force who shoot first and ask questions later. Time to get tough with the law and you Daniel Andrews, can piss off to where you came from because you are absolutely useless. You wouldn’t know if your rear end was on fire!

  3. Your state isn’t the only one with gang problems!! WA has it’s fair share. Must admit most, but not all, are teens from African backgrounds. A very tough stance is urgently needed before the problem is far too big to tackle. Please let the police go back to how they use to police. Very few problems then.

  4. Pamela  

    After years of talking about cancelling dual passports this is the FIRST cancellation to happen.
    After years of talking about not letting ISIS supporters back into Australia, there are about 300 walking our streets.
    The government is all talk/no action, putting Australian lives at risk!

  5. Anne  

    There should nt be two legal classes of citizens. Citizens should be accountable to Australian law for their behaviour.

  6. desleigh clarke  

    Absolutely agree, took far too long, how on earth are those boys going to grow up normal either? Seems to me there should be a few thousand others while they are at it.

  7. Nessie  

    I am pleased to hear of the tougher laws. I will always welcome immigrants and refugees BUT if they break our laws OUT THEY GO.

  8. bob loxley  

    the thing I find confusing, is that, the way I was raised, Australians are a fair lot.
    So, how on earth can we read of this contradiction in terms….
    Doesn’t seem to fit…

  9. Clare King  

    I hold dual citizenship, for Australia and New Zealand, when becoming an Australian I had to swear an oath of allegiance to Australia and I promised to uphold her laws. I took that seriously and believe that for as long as I live in this country Australian law must come first. So who is handing out citizenship to people who are taking an oath they have no intention of keeping. Does it come in the Weetbix box these days.

    • Allan Bailey  

      If I have my facts right the Quran permits lying and deceit to undermine the social / cultural structure of the “unbeliever”… So what credence do you give do you give an oath taken by these people. How do you determine who is sincere and who is deceiving you?

  10. Lynette Dries  

    All the comments above are the reason Pauline Hanson is shy rocketing in the polls. The lady has no credentials to run a countries’ economy but people are so fed up to all our government bodies bowing down to the minority groups for fear of being labelled racist. We are not allowed to say what we think but they can come here and expect us to live by their laws etc. I am so scared for future Australians and our way of life.

  11. Diana  

    About time this was done. The government has been bleating about revoking citizenship for years and nothing has happened. We have every right to expect that people who come here and take Australian citizenship respect and obey our laws. In yesterdays paper, there is a story of a man in Victoria who sent his little daughter overseas to get genitally mutilated. Apparently that also happens privately between families and their doctors of a Middle Eastern and African descent. This is unforgiveable and this man is being charged. With regard to this dreadful man who was so proud of having his seven year old son hold up a severed head, thank goodness finally he has been kicked out of Australia. They are not sure if Sharrouf man is dead, but at least if he isn’t he can’t come back to cause trouble here. There are plenty more of these types to go, so the government needs to get its act together.

  12. Frank  

    my impression was this guy had a long history of mental problems. So while it may feel satisfying to say yay to revoking citizenship for bad people – how will folk with genuine mental illness feel about the idea they might be kicked out of the country if someone doesn’t like their behavior ? Easy when you don’t know them – but when it’s Your Child ?

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