ISIS bride Zehra Duman could return to Australia as government scrambles to close legal loophole

The major loophole that could allow accused terrorists and ISIS jihadi bride who boasted about being ‘thirsty for blood’ to return to Australia

  • The High Court of Australia in June ruled citizenship cessation laws were invalid
  • Lawyers said they will no longer fight jihadi Zehra Duman’s citizenship appeal
  • Duman joined Islamic State in 2014 but has since begged to return to Australia
  • The ISIS bride previously used social media to spew hate and vile propaganda  

Major legislative flaws in our national security laws could allow more than a dozen accused Islamic State terrorists to apply to have their Australian citizenship returned.

A legislative loophole could allow jihadi bride Zehra Duman (pictured) to return to Australia despite her known links to the Islamic State terrorism group

A legislative loophole could allow jihadi bride Zehra Duman (pictured) to return to Australia despite her known links to the Islamic State terrorism group 

It comes four months after the High Court of Australia ruled citizenship cessation laws were invalid as they relied on a ministerial decision and not a judicial verdict. 

Government lawyers informed ISIS jihadi bride Zehra Duman’s legal team on Monday they would no longer fight an appeal against the Coalition government’s decision to strip her citizenship. 

In late 2014, Duman, then-aged 19, went to Syria and became Australia’s most notorious jihadi bride after marrying three ISIS fighters, including fellow Melbourne extremist Mahmoud Abdullatif, known as the ‘playboy jihadi’. 

In 2014, Duman left Melbourne aged 19 and joined ISIS in Syria. She is believed to be living in a refugee camp in Turkey with her two children, and is desperate to return to Australia. Pictured: the woman thought to be Duman (centre) alongside aid workers

In 2014, Duman left Melbourne aged 19 and joined ISIS in Syria. She is believed to be living in a refugee camp in Turkey with her two children, and is desperate to return to Australia. Pictured: the woman thought to be Duman

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