Al-Nusra member stripped of Swiss citizenship

The Swiss Federal Council stripped of the Swiss citizenship a citizen of Turkish nationality accused of being a member of al-Nusra. Ümit Y. may be deported.

According to the news published in Swiss newspapers today, double Swiss and Turkish citizenship holder, Umit Y., 34, was stripped of the Swiss citizenship. Ümit Y was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison on charges of making propaganda for terror in 2017.

He is accused of sending 10 people to join al-Nusra between 2014 and 2017 in the cities of Como, Emilia and Lugano in the canton Ticino.

Swiss Social Democratic Party (SP) Deputy Priska Seiler said: “Members of a terrorist organization should be given heavier punishment. In this sense, to strip them of the Swiss citizenship is not really a solution."

The deportation of Ümit Y from Switzerland is also on the agenda of the federal council.