David Cameron has described Jeremy Corbyn a ‘security threat’ and ‘terrorist sympathiser’.
In an empassioned speech at the Conservative Party conference, the prime minister criticised Corbyn for describing the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as a “tragedy”, and argued that the “real tragedy” was the thousands of deaths from the 11 September terror attacks in new York.
However, in the Corbyn interview from which Cameron quoted without context, the Labour leader had already described the New York bombings as a “tragedy”, and was explaining that the “tragedy” of Bin Laden’s death was that he was assassinated and did not face trial.
“I think everyone should be put on trial. I also profoundly disagree with the death penalty under any circumstances for anybody… On this there was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt and is yet another tragedy upon a tragedy.
“The World Trade Centre was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died, [and]torture has come back on the world stage.”
Meanwhile, details have emerged on a “dirty deal” done between the UK and Saudi Arabia to exchange votes for seats on the UN’s Human Rights Council as Saudi Arabia prepares to execute a boy by crucifixion.