20 May 2014 [12:45]
 
(London, UK) The family home of Abdullah Deghayes, a Briton who died fighting in Syria last month, is currently being raided by police.
 
Abu Bakr Deghayes, father of Abdullah spoke to CAGE by phone from the confines of a small room inside his home that he says he and his family have been forced to remain in until the raid is over.  He said that the raid began at 7am this morning and that he expects it to last into the evening.
 
Abu Bakr Deghayes said: ‘It’s very upsetting and frustrating. If there was another way to deal with this I would have happily complied. I just can’t understand why they would put my family through this.’
 
Asim Qureshi, Director of Research at CAGE, 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.’
 
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