Police raid four homes after teenager's Syria death

Abubaker Deghayes outside his home last month

Abubaker Deghayes outside his home last month

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Police officers have raided the family home of a teenager killed in Syria in search of “extremist material”.

Sussex Police and members of the South East Counter Terrorist Unit raided the former home of Longhill High School pupil Abdullah Deghayes yesterday morning in one of four raids in Brighton and Hove.

His father Abubaker Deghayes said officers tried to knock down his front door in Arundel Drive East in Saltdean at 7am.

He told how officers then started searching through mobile phones, computers and financial records.

Abubaker added he felt his family was being unfairly targeted by the police.

Sussex Police said they searched the four addresses after search warrants were issued under the Terrorism Act 2000 in connection with the reported death of Abdullah Deghayes in Syria.

The force said relevant material was being taken away for examination.

Abubaker Deghayes said: “They rang the bell at 7am in the morning and then started knocking down the door. It was very scary.

“They told me they were looking for anything of an extremist nature.

“We are being unfairly targeted.”

On the subject of his two sons, Amer and Jaffar, who are still in war-torn Syria he said: “I have had messages from them saying they are fine.

“They say yes they are coming back home but I don't know whether they are just saying 'yes father' to please me.”

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander, said the searches were not in response to any immediate threat to local communities.

He added: "This is a necessary part of our continuing work to safeguard communities locally and nationally, including those who have links to Syria.

“We understand what a distressing time this is for the family and we do not want to cause further distress to them.

“It is an important, for strong operational reasons, that we carry out these searches as part of our ongoing enquiries into events in Syria. We are carrying out the searches as quickly and sensitively as possible.”

Asim Qureshi is director of research at CAGE, a War on Terror victims' advocacy group.

He said: 'This is yet another example of the criminalisation of those that are connected with the Syrian conflict in any way, even when there is no evidence of criminality.

“Despite their openness and transparency and their still mourning the loss of a much-loved son, the Deghayes family now have to go through the whole ordeal of being targeted like criminals.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising the whole of Syria is unsafe and people should not travel there.

 

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7:27am Wed 21 May 14

SonnyJim55 says...

The surname of DEGHAYES says it all. 2 sons in Syria ,1 now dead and good old Uncle Omar now back here after his spell in Guantanamo. Is this all a big coincidence ,I don't think so. Get them all out of our country. The father should be charged with aiding and abetting a terrorist act if they find 1 shred of evidence in the house.
The surname of DEGHAYES says it all. 2 sons in Syria ,1 now dead and good old Uncle Omar now back here after his spell in Guantanamo. Is this all a big coincidence ,I don't think so. Get them all out of our country. The father should be charged with aiding and abetting a terrorist act if they find 1 shred of evidence in the house. SonnyJim55
  • Score: 15

9:36am Wed 21 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

“We are being unfairly targeted.”


*facepalm*
“We are being unfairly targeted.” *facepalm* ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

11:15am Wed 21 May 14

Andy R says...

The terrorist is sitting in Damascus. He's called Assad....
The terrorist is sitting in Damascus. He's called Assad.... Andy R
  • Score: -3

12:00pm Wed 21 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Thinks his family are being unfairly treated? I DONT THINK SO.The very least that should happen is social services should go into his home and check on the wellbeing of his children,the father is covering his back by saying he did not give his blessings to his sons going to fight.Which should set alarm bells ringing at social services as he has admitted that he is not caring for a 16 yr old child.It is his responsibility to care for that child.His three sons were british born and should have a bright future feeling safe in this country not going to fight in Syria because there father is too cowardly to do it himself.This family have shown no loyalty to our country and I for one would feel safer if they all left.They live in a house anyone of us can only dream of living in I hope its not funded in anyway by the taxpayer.
Thinks his family are being unfairly treated? I DONT THINK SO.The very least that should happen is social services should go into his home and check on the wellbeing of his children,the father is covering his back by saying he did not give his blessings to his sons going to fight.Which should set alarm bells ringing at social services as he has admitted that he is not caring for a 16 yr old child.It is his responsibility to care for that child.His three sons were british born and should have a bright future feeling safe in this country not going to fight in Syria because there father is too cowardly to do it himself.This family have shown no loyalty to our country and I for one would feel safer if they all left.They live in a house anyone of us can only dream of living in I hope its not funded in anyway by the taxpayer. clubrob6
  • Score: 5

12:10pm Wed 21 May 14

clubrob6 says...

SonnyJim55 wrote:
The surname of DEGHAYES says it all. 2 sons in Syria ,1 now dead and good old Uncle Omar now back here after his spell in Guantanamo. Is this all a big coincidence ,I don't think so. Get them all out of our country. The father should be charged with aiding and abetting a terrorist act if they find 1 shred of evidence in the house.
I would like to know why this father is in the UK did he run away from troubles,and now using his british born sons to fight a battle he was too scared to do.He is basically using the UK as he knows he is protected by EU human rights laws.A 18 yr old girl got deported recently as she was an easy target no threat to us in the slightest and her law abiding family are still here.The government should be targeting this family in Brighton which hopefully is happening now.He has proved he was not looking after his 16 yr old child and I think the rest of his children should be removed so they can have a bright safe future.
[quote][p][bold]SonnyJim55[/bold] wrote: The surname of DEGHAYES says it all. 2 sons in Syria ,1 now dead and good old Uncle Omar now back here after his spell in Guantanamo. Is this all a big coincidence ,I don't think so. Get them all out of our country. The father should be charged with aiding and abetting a terrorist act if they find 1 shred of evidence in the house.[/p][/quote]I would like to know why this father is in the UK did he run away from troubles,and now using his british born sons to fight a battle he was too scared to do.He is basically using the UK as he knows he is protected by EU human rights laws.A 18 yr old girl got deported recently as she was an easy target no threat to us in the slightest and her law abiding family are still here.The government should be targeting this family in Brighton which hopefully is happening now.He has proved he was not looking after his 16 yr old child and I think the rest of his children should be removed so they can have a bright safe future. clubrob6
  • Score: 6

8:10pm Wed 21 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

This episode is yet another reminder that these people are not to be trusted.

They certainly have no respect for the countries which they move to, and neither do their offspring even when born here.

Check what Churchill wrote about koranderthals in the 19th Century - he saw what they were.
This episode is yet another reminder that these people are not to be trusted. They certainly have no respect for the countries which they move to, and neither do their offspring even when born here. Check what Churchill wrote about koranderthals in the 19th Century - he saw what they were. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Wed 21 May 14

PorkyChopper says...

Andy R wrote:
The terrorist is sitting in Damascus. He's called Assad....
No, the terrorists are sitting in Downing Street and the Whitehouse.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: The terrorist is sitting in Damascus. He's called Assad....[/p][/quote]No, the terrorists are sitting in Downing Street and the Whitehouse. PorkyChopper
  • Score: -2

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