UKIP Defence spokesman Bill Etheridge has slammed the soft UK Government and “do-gooder” lawyers for funding terrorism.
His comments come as news emerged that the Mosul suicide bomber was a former detainee of Guantanamo Bay. Islamic State group said two days ago that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum, south-west of Mosul.
Al-Britani is believed to be Ronald Fiddler, 50 from Manchester, who was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. He was released after two years of internment and the Daily Mail reported he was awarded a million pounds in compensation.
Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said “These repeated compensation payments are funding terrorism.
“With the recent cases opened about former servicemen and their actions in theatres of war, to the tank-chasing lawyers and now compensation paid to former detainees, we have seen too much money wasted. These are funds that should have gone towards defending our citizens.
“The United States would not have gone through all the time, trouble and international criticism if they had not suspected the detainees were capable of committing atrocities.
“It is time to stop the thinking that there is good in everyone and realise that there are people out there that wish to do us harm.”