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Shamima Begum Can't Return To The UK As Government Wins Bid To Appeal

Shamima Begum Can't Return To The UK As Government Wins Bid To Appeal

The UK government has won permission to fight Shamima Begum's appeal against being stripped of British citizenship.

This means that she is barred from entering the UK for the time while the case is being processed.

Credit: Sky News
Credit: Sky News

A court ruling, earlier this month, found Ms Begum, who is now aged 20, should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the deprivation of her British citizenship.

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Begum took legal action against the Home Office and argued that she had been unlawfully rendered stateless and left at risk of death or inhuman and degrading treatment.

But today (31 July) the government won permission to challenge that decision following the controversy that came with allowing her back into the UK.

CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum, 15, at Gatwick airport in February 2015. Credit: PA
CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum, 15, at Gatwick airport in February 2015. Credit: PA

Ms Begum's solicitor Daniel Furner said: "Ms Begum has never had a fair opportunity to give her side of the story. She is not afraid of facing British justice, she welcomes it. But the stripping of her citizenship without a chance to clear her name is not justice, it is the opposite."

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Ms Begum's argument focuses on the premise the citizenship of a particular country can only be revoked if the person is entitled to citizenship in another country.

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She contested that this decision made her stateless, and that she was unable to effectively challenge the decision against her because she could not return to the UK.

Following the last decision, a Home Office spokesperson said: "This is a very disappointing decision by the Court. We will now apply for permission to appeal this judgement, and to stay its effects pending any onward appeal.

"The government's top priority remains maintaining our national security and keeping the public safe."

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Credit: PA

Begum, who was 15 when she travelled from her east London home to Syria in 2015, is married to Dutch terrorist Yago Riedijk, 27.

Begum has lost three young children while living in Baghuz and also spoke about the death of son Jerrah, who passed away in February 2019.

Speaking to The Times last year, she said: "Since I left Baghuz I really regretted everything I did, and I feel like I want to go back to the UK for a second chance to start my life over again.

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"I was brainwashed. I came here believing everything that I had been told, while knowing little about the truths of my religion."

She admitted to becoming 'radicalised online' after feeling 'slightly depressed' and 'looking for a purpose'. She went on to say that she was 'easy to manipulate' at the time, because of an ongoing 'disconnect' with her family.

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]