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The Swiss constitution prohibits deporting people to countries where they could be tortured, but the upper house of the parliament has narrowly agreed to exclude foreign militants from the ban, as the lower house of parliament has done before.
The move came as MPs were frustrated that Iraqi militants, convicted by Swiss courts, of helping the Islamic state organization avoid being repatriated because of the ban on torture or inhuman treatment.
Critics say the ban has cost taxpayers money to take care of convicted militants and angered citizens who say Switzerland should not host such people.
Justice Minister Karen Keller-Sutter said in a parliamentary debate that the government sympathized with supporters of the procedure but her hand was tied.
"Security of the Swiss is a priority, but we also have to adhere to the rule of law," she said.
Among the convicted militants is a wheelchair-bound man convicted in 2016 of plotting terrorist attacks and helping members of the Islamic state's organization enter Switzerland. After his release, he resides in a center for asylum seekers and is resisted until he is deported.
Switzerland said this month it would not help return its citizens who joined militants in Syria and Iraq, stressing that national security was a priority.
Switzerland is a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Torture, which prohibits the expulsion of persons to another country when there are strong grounds to believe that they will be at risk of torture.