Shamima Begum (right) has won the right to return to the UK to contest the Home Office’s decision to revoke her citizenship in person. Begum, 20, who left the UK with two Muslim friends when she was 15-years-old to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria, has had a ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission from earlier in the year partially overturned by senior judges at the Court of Appeal.
Who’s next? Judges are accused of ‘opening floodgates’ to MORE ISIS brides and up to 150 terrorists after Home Office LOSES bombshell High Court case to keep Shamima Begum out of UK
Daily Mail (h/t Lisa) Up to 150 British jihadis and their brides will be celebrating today after senior judges ruled that Shamima Begum must be allowed to return to the UK to fight the Home Office’s decision to revoke her British citizenship for joining the murderous Islamic State regime.
Begum – one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join ISIS when she was 15 – was stripped of her UK passport after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.
Mother-of-three Begum, 20, whose children with Dutch jihadi husband Yago Riedijk all died, is still in the Al Hol camp in northern Syria but could be heading back to Britain within weeks after today’s landmark ruling.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen was left furious by today’s ruling saying it risked a flood of jihadis returning. He told MailOnline: ‘It opens the door for all her fellow jihadi brides to return to Britain – and potentially their terrorist partners too.
‘Most Brits will rightly think that when you swear allegiance to another country that declares war on Britain, that you have given up all the rights and protections and privileges of your British citizenship. After today’s ruling it appears you have not’.
Ladbible (h/t Loco) 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, now that the Islamic State has been defeated.
However, the Home Office has said that it will challenge the decision, meaning that Begum will not be able to return to the country whilst those proceedings are ongoing.
Lord Justice Flaux, who sat with two other judges, said: “Notwithstanding the national security concerns about Ms Begum, I have reached the firm conclusion that given that the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal, fairness and justice must, on the facts of this case, outweigh the national security concerns.”
Express Begum said that she wished to return to the UK and has explained that she left for Syria to join ISIS because of propaganda videos (on Twitter). Speaking to Sky News, Ms Begum said she “knew” about beheadings and executions when she left to join ISIS (below) in 2015, but didn’t care.
“When I saw my first severed head in a bin it didn’t faze me at all. It was from a captured fighter on the battlefield, an enemy of Islam,” Begum told a reporter from the Times who discovered her in the camp.
Daily Mail Many in Britain, including the former Muslim Home Secretary Sajid Javid, have expressed horror at the thought of the extremist teenager, who has backed ISIS beheadings, being given free passage to Britain
She accepted she had helped ISIS by moving there and becoming a ‘poster girl’ for the cause, but insisted she wasn’t ‘paying for their bullets’.
Begum shrugged off the murders of British terror victims as she claimed they were ‘retaliation’ for the war being fought against the Islamic State.
Begun said the “Manchester Arena bombing murders of British citizens by Muslim terrorists was fair retaliation for military strikes on the Islamic state in Syria,” after revealing she named her son Jerah ‘after Islamic warlord who massacred non-Muslims.’
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.”
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.
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. She remains at a refugee camp in Northern Syria.
At a tribunal in February, the initial decision ruled that the removal of her citizenship was lawful because she was ‘a citizen of Bangladesh by descent’ at the time. She is thought to have a claim to Bangladeshi citizenship through her mother.
Asked if she had made a mistake, Ms Begum said: “In a way, yes. But, I don’t regret it because it has changed me as a person, it has made me stronger, tougher.”
This partial overturning of that decision means the UK government must now find a way to get Ms Begum into the country so she can appear in court in London, despite repeatedly claiming that they would play no part in removing her from Syria.
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.”
If Begum returns to Britain for the citizenship case she will either win and be handed back her British passport, or lose and face deportation with the process expected to run into 2021.
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