ISIS bride Shamima Begum is STRIPPED of her British citizenship by Home Secretary Sajid Javid



  • Home Secretary Sajid Javid made the decision to revoke citizenship yesterday
  • He is relying on Begum's Bangladeshi heritage through her mother meaning the 19-year-old jihadi bride will not be left 'stateless' without British nationality 
  • Family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said that they will appeal the decision in court
The family of ISIS bride Shamima Begum today vowed to take Home Secretary Sajid Javid to court to stop him taking away her British citizenship Read More.................
The remorseless 19-year-old is in a Syrian refugee camp with her newborn son but Mr Javid has moved to ensure she will never allowed back into Britain after she fled to join Islamic State.
The Home Office will argue that because Begum's mother was born in Bangladesh her daughter is entitled to dual citizenship meaning she would not be left stateless, which is illegal under international law Read More.................
But Begum's family says she does not have a Bangladeshi passport and has never been there, making Mr Javid's decision illegal, they claim. 
The teenager, who fled Britain with friends aged 15 and married a Dutch jihadi, has been unapologetic about ISIS' crimes and said the Manchester Arena suicide bombing could be considered 'retaliation'.
She also insists that the British public should be 'sympathetic' towards her and should be allowed back to London with her baby on human rights grounds Read More.................
But last night Sajid Javid last night moved to block her return to Britain arguing that taking away her British citizenship is 'conducive to the public good' on terrorism grounds.
ISIS bride Shamima Begum has had her citizenship revoked according to a letter from the Home Office to her family
ISIS bride Shamima Begum has had her citizenship revoked according to a letter from the Home Office to her family
The letter obtained by ITV News asks Begum's family to inform her of the decision to revoke her citizenship and her right to appeal it
The letter obtained by ITV News asks Begum's family to inform her of the decision to revoke her citizenship and her right to appeal it
Begum's family solicitor Tasnime Akunjee said Shamima said last night was 'surprised' Mr Javid had come to his conclusion. 
He said the family will 'consider all legal avenues to challenge this decision' in response. 
The family, from Bethnal Green in east London, were notified via a letter saying Home Secretary Mr Javid had started the process that will see Begum permanently banned from the UK Read More.................
The family are 'very disappointed' by Mr Javid's decision, according to statement by Mr Akunjee.   
The Home Office letter asks that they pass on the decision - including that she has a right to appeal it - to Begum, who left their home in 2015 when she ran away with two school friends to join ISIS.
She is now stranded in a refugee camp in Syria as the so-called caliphate crumbles.
'Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship,' the letter reads.
'In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary's decision has been served of file today, and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.'
Only last week Britain's MI6 chief said that UK nationals, even those who are members of terror organisations like ISIS, have a legal right to return home Read More.................
Government guidance from 2017 states that the Home Secretary has the power to order the deprivation if it would be 'conducive to the public good', as long as they are not left without any citizenship. 
A Home Office spokesman said he could not discuss individual cases, but added: 'We don't leave people stateless.'
Mr Javid on Monday told the House of Commons: 'The powers available to me include banning non-British people from this country and stripping dangerous dual nationals of their British citizenship.' 
Over 100 people have already been deprived in this way.
What will happen to Begum's new born son, however, remains unclear.
He was born before his mother was deprived of citizenship - meaning he is still legally British. 
And while theoretically he could also have his citizenship revoked, the government would need to show he himself posed a threat Read More................. 
Begum's first two children both died of unknown illnesses under ISIS.
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey accused Mr Javid of 'an abdication of responsibility' by 'palming off' Begum on to another country. 
'The UK has more than enough terrorism laws to prosecute Shamima Begum here,' he said.
Meanwhile Conservative chair of the Commons Education Committee, Robert Halfon, who had spoken out against allowing Begum to return, said in a tweet that Mr Javid had made 'absolutely the right decision'. 
The move comes after Begum returned to the public eye when she was found heavily pregnant living in a refugee camp in northern Syria.
She gave birth to a boy over the weekend, having already lost two children, and made pleas for forgiveness and to be accepted back in the UK.  
Earlier on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the 19-year-old could expect to be 'spoken to' if she comes back to Britain Read More.................
The initial police stance when Ms Begum left the UK in 2015 was that she may be treated as a victim of grooming, but the Scotland Yard chief said: 'We're a long way down the road since then.'
She added: 'If she does, under whatever circumstances, arrive at our borders, somebody in her type of circumstances could expect, of course, to be spoken to and, if there is the appropriate necessity, to be potentially arrested and certainly investigated.
'If that results in sufficient evidence for a prosecution then it will result in sufficient evidence for a prosecution.
'The officers will deal with whatever they are confronted with.' 
On Monday in an interview with the BBC Ms Begum compared the Manchester Arena bombing to military strikes on Isis strongholds, calling the terror attack 'retaliation'.
There are currently plans to change the law to make travelling to certain terror hotspots a criminal offence, but this would not apply retrospectively to Ms Begum.

Around 425 suspected jihadi fighters are thought to have returned to the UK from Syria so far.
Before today's decision, the Home Secretary had already hinted that he would block Begum from returning to the UK Read More.................
Earlier this week Mr Javid told MPs that no British troops would be used to rescue any Britons who travelled to Syria to support terrorism.  
He said more than 900 people went to Syria or Iraq, adding: 'Whatever role they took in the so-called caliphate, they all supported a terrorist organisation and in doing so they have shown they hate our country and the values we stand for.'
He went on: 'Now this so-called caliphate is crumbling, some of them want to return and I have been very clear where I can and where any threat remains I will not hesitate to prevent this.
'The powers available to me include banning non-British people from this country and stripping dangerous dual nationals of their British citizenship.'
Begum later told ITV News she did not see why the Home Secretary would see her as a threat.
'I'm a 19-year-old girl with a new born baby. I don't have any weapons; I don't want to hurt anyone even if I did have weapons or anything,' she said.
'He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in ISIS, that's it.' 
Ms Dick said: 'This case and other cases that are talked about in the same sentences just really underline how awful the circumstances are and have been in Syria and just how dangerous it has been, and would continue to be, for anybody from this country to think of travelling there Read More.................
'Dangerous physically and dangerous legally.
'If there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution it is our job to look at the threat they pose if they are returning from Syria and we do that with every single person who comes back from Syria and then manage the risk with colleagues in the (security and intelligence) agencies.'
Begum ran away to marry an ISIS fighter four years ago - but now wants to return to the UK after the terror group's so-called 'caliphate' crumbled into dust.
The young mother also shrugged off the murders of British terror victims in an interview as she claimed they were 'retaliation' for the war being fought against ISIS. 
On Monday Begum told the BBC's Quentin Sommerville that she's prepared to be jailed, was a 'poster girl' for the group and still has 'sympathy' for IS. 
Mr Sommerville said she had 'little to offer' in apology to the millions of Iraqis and Syrians whose lives were destroyed by Isis Read More.................
The BBC's Middle East correspondent added that when she was asked about the treatment of Yazidi women by Isis, she said: 'Shia do the same in Iraq.'
The campaign by Begum's family to have her returned to Britain sparked fresh controversy on Monday when the lawyer representing them, Tasnime Akunjee, compared the radicalised youngster to a 'traumatised'  First World War soldier in a TV interview. 
When Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley insisted she doesn't look very traumatised, Mr Akunjee replied: 'You might have said the same thing about a First World War soldier in the middle of shell-shock... they are both [in] warzones.'
It also emerged that Begum has called her son Jerah, in what historians have interpreted as a reference to Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, a 7th century Islamic warlord.   
In other developments yesterday: 
  • A report revealed that a total of 156 cases involving children in danger of being radicalised had come before the British family courts since 2013;
  • It emerged that a jihadi bride who returned to the UK from Isis territory had been told by the High Court last year that she was too dangerous to raise her toddler daughter;
  • Scotland Yard commissioner Cressida Dick admitted that Isis brides could not be prosecuted for simply going to Syria Read More.................
Mr Javid has the power to strip someone of their British citizenship if they are suspected of being involved in terrorist activity on the basis that that their presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.
However, he can't exercise this power if it will leave someone stateless. Therefore it has to be used on those with dual nationality.
Sources last night claimed that in Begum's case, she would not be left stateless because she has dual British and Bangladeshi citizenship Read More.................
But her family's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said the teenager was born in London and has only ever held a British passport.
The Home Office is understood to have invoked a Bangladeshi law whereby offspring of those born in Bangladesh are automatically entitled to citizenship of that country.
But it is likely that Bangladesh also has an option to refuse entry to those it considers a security risk.
The plight of Begum's new baby son remains unknown and it is not clear whether the ban on entering Britain also applies to the infant. Her first two children both died of unknown illnesses under Isis.
Last night Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey accused Mr Javid of 'an abdication of responsibility' by 'palming off' Begum onto another country Read More.................
'The UK has more than enough terrorism laws to prosecute Shamima Begum here,' he said. 'It's disappointing that the Home Secretary has so little confidence in our justice system.
'It is not only hard to see Ms Begum and her baby as constituting a serious threat to national security, but it also seems a huge wasted opportunity. We can learn lessons as to why a young girl went to Syria in the first place; lessons which could improve Britain's security by helping us prevent this happening again.'
Labour MP Stella Creasy added: 'However horrific her defence of Isis, if the Home Secretary can start with stripping this woman and her week-old child of their citizenship for his leadership bid... where does it end?'


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ISIS bride Shamima Begum is STRIPPED of her British citizenship by Home Secretary Sajid Javid ISIS bride Shamima Begum is STRIPPED of her British citizenship by Home Secretary Sajid Javid Reviewed by Aprail Mathews on February 20, 2019 Rating: 5

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