Justice Min. revokes Dutch nationality of four jihadists

Stef Blok (Photo: Rijksoverheid.nl/Wikimedia Commons)Stef Blok (Photo: Rijksoverheid.nl/Wikimedia Commons)

Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice revoked the Dutch nationality of four jihadists. According to him, the four jihadists joined a terrorist organization abroad, NOS reports. 

The four jihadists were also declared unwelcome foreigners, which means they can no longer legally return to the Netherlands or to other Schengen countries, according to the broadcaster. They jihadists lost their Dutch citizenship with immediate effect, though a court will review the decision at a later date.

Last month Blok already announced that he is revoking the Dutch citizenship of a convicted jihadist. This option has been available in Dutch law for some time, but this is the first time it was used. A jihadist's Dutch nationality can only be revoked if he or she had dual-nationality. The government can't turn someone into a stateless person.