A returned ISIS jihadist who has been accused of attending a terrorist camp and disseminating propaganda for terrorist groups is now demanding 200,000 Swedish krona (18,700 euros) from the government because the Social Insurance Agency failed to pay him the ‘activity support’ while he was detained in the UK.
The man formerly known as Bherlin Gildo was one of Sweden’s very first jihadists to make the trip to Syria. After he joined ISIS in Syria, photos of him posing with corpses, humiliating Christians, and trampling on dead Syrian soldiers were published on social media, Expressen reported.
In fall of 2014, British arrested Gildo and investigated him on suspicion of having committed terrorist offenses. He was later released in June of 2015 and cleared of charges following a “wrangle between lawyers” as intelligence services “refused to hand over evidence”, as the British media put it.
Following his release from British custody, Gildo then returned to Sweden where he changed his name and address.
Now, he’s demanding compensation for the benefits he didn’t receive while he was in the custody of the Brits.
Terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp has said this represents the very first case where a Swedish jihadist has demanded damages from the state. Ranstorp referred to Gildo’s demands as “bizarre”.
Ranstorp went on to stress that Gildo’s documented terrorist acts in Syria have had no legal consequences whatsoever.
“I would say he is disgustingly open about what he has been doing down there. The pictures he posed in and the like. That’s why I wonder why they didn’t start a preliminary investigation into war crimes given what he did,” Ranstorp said.
Approximately 300 ‘Swedes’ have traveled to the Middle East to join terrorist groups. Today, many have returned because Sweden has one of the most relaxed policies on jihadist “returnees” in all of Europe. Despite many of these ‘returnees’ having committed crimes while in the Middle East, almost none have been prosecuted for them.
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