ISIS bride Shamima Begum told she’s not allowed to return to the UK
The British government has won permission to fight her appeal, claiming if she is allowed her citizenship to return it could allow more people to join ISIS and be welcomed home with no repercussions.
Begum joined ISIS when she was 15 five years ago and was stripped of her UK citizenship last year after she was found 9 months pregnant in a Syrian camp.
She took to national television to plead her case, crying tears and saying that the British public ‘should forgive me’.
And two weeks ago Begum, now 20, won an appeal to allow her the right to return ‘home’ to the UK and demand her be granted her citizenship back and be given the same rights as British nationals.
Earlier this month, three Court of Appeal judges had ruled that ‘the only way in which she [Begum] can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal’.
Lord Justice Flaux – sitting with Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Singh – said: ‘Fairness and justice must, on the facts of this case, outweigh the national security concerns, so that the leave to enter appeals should be allowed.’
The Home Office, which removed Begum’s citizenship on national security grounds, at the time said it was ‘bitterly disappointed’ by the Court of Appeal’s decision and vowed to fight it, which they have now done.
Sir James Eadie QC, for the Home Office, said there was a ‘big issue at stake’ surrounding principles that should govern a case in which someone can’t have a fair hearing, ‘not as a result of any of the Secretary of State’s actions, (but) where that is the result of going abroad and aligning with terrorist groups’.
He said this ‘cannot be assumed to be unique’ given the number of people who have joined terrorist groups.
The case continues but for now Begum must wait in Syria to see whether she is allowed to return to the UK for her hearing.
Begum had three children with her Dutch-born ISIS member husband but the third baby died.