Australia warns children of foreign fighters risk charges
An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn that children as well as adults who break terrorism laws face prosecution.
Sydney-born convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf horrified the world last year by posting on his Twitter account from Syria a photograph of his 7-year-old son clutching the severed head.
Fairfax Media newspapers reported on Wednesday that the Australian family of Sharrouf's Muslim convert wife is trying to help her and her five children return to Sydney.
Asked about the family, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said if the children had committed a crime, they would be treated by the courts the same way as other juvenile offenders.