Major flaws in our national security laws may allow more than a dozen suspected Islamic State terrorists to seek to regain their Australian citizenship.
A loophole in the law could allow the jihadi bride Zahra Doman (pictured) to return to Australia despite her known ties to the Islamic State.
It comes four months after the Australian Supreme Court ruled that citizenship termination laws are invalid because they are based on a ministerial decision rather than a court ruling.
Government lawyers told the legal team of ISIS jihadi bride Zahra Doman on Monday that they will no longer appeal the coalition government’s decision to strip her of her citizenship.
In late 2014, 19-year-old Doman went to Syria and became Australia’s most famous jihadist bride after marrying three ISIS fighters, including Melbourne extremist Mahmoud Abdel Latif, better known as “The Playboy Jihad”.
In 2014, Doman left Melbourne at the age of 19 to join ISIS in Syria. She is believed to be living in a refugee camp in Turkey with her two children and is in dire need of returning to Australia. Pictured: The woman believed to be Doman (center) next to two assistants
The Albanian government has been trying to find a legal solution to the citizenship issue since the Supreme Court ruling.
In June, the court overturned the previous government’s decision to revoke Del Alexander’s Australian-Turkish citizenship while he was detained in Syria.
The ruling, which affected Alexander and one other person, set a precedent and had a direct impact on about 20 Australians who were stripped of their citizenship over their alleged terrorist links.
The government will introduce its own citizenship termination laws, which would enable the court rather than the minister to decide whether a person involved in terrorist activity should lose their citizenship.
It is understood that the laws apply to individuals who commit terrorist offenses abroad and on Australian soil.
This comes at a time when the threats made by Danam resurfaced on social media, where she has been spreading despicable ISIS propaganda and directly threatening Australia and the family of the Daily Mail Australia reporter.
Doman used social media to post a series of propaganda photos promoting ISIS (pictured)
In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be operated by Doman posted pictures of ISIS women carrying machine guns and standing next to a BMW, dressed in head-to-toe Islamic clothing, with the caption “5 Star Jihad”.
In a tweet, Doman said, “USA + Australia How do you feel we are all born and raised in your country and are now here thirsty for your blood?”
At the time, Doman told Daily Mail Australia: “All you need to know is that the next time we come to Australia, I come to Australia and make it part of the Islamic State among God (God willing).
“Oh, and do I miss my family? Well I guess you will miss you soon (sic). Thank you and have a nice day my friend!”
Doman was arrested in the Kurdish region of Syria after the collapse of the Islamic State in March 2019, and her Australian citizenship was withdrawn later that year.
With the help of human smugglers, she escaped from al-Hol prison and fled to Turkey with her son Jared and daughter Layla, where she was convicted in 2020 of belonging to a terrorist group.
Her family in Melbourne has long campaigned for her return, saying she was “brainwashed” and Doman telling her to go home and treat her children like “ordinary children” in Australia.
The Australian extremist sent this threatening message to a Daily Mail Australia journalist on January 22, 2015 (pictured).
In one of her tweets, Doman boasted that she and her American jihadist brides are thirsty for Australian and American blood (pictured).
The Albanian government intends to enact laws that would end citizenship, and enable the court to decide whether a person involved in terrorist activities should have his citizenship revoked (Zahra’s propaganda shows Islamic State women next to a BMW suggests).