A PREGNANT jihadi schoolgirl’s lawyer has begged for her not be treated as a victim after she fled the UK to join bloodthirsty ISIS extremist
A PREGNANT jihadi schoolgirl’s lawyer has begged for her not be treated as a victim after she fled the UK to join bloodthirsty ISIS extremists in Syria.
Shamima Begum, now 19, says she doesn’t regret her decision to join the barbarous terror group but is begging to come home so she can have her third baby in Britain.
Her family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee has pleaded with authorities not to treat the teen, who has bragged about seeing a severed head in a bin, as a victim.
Begum ran away to join the brutal Islamic extremist regime with two young pals from Bethnal Green, East London, in 2015.
The three girls all married ISIS fighters but Kadiza Sultana was reported to have been killed in an airstrike on Raqqa in May 2016 while Amira Abase could still be alive.
Begum was discovered by a Times journalist in a camp filled with refugees escaping the battle for the final ISIS stronghold.
Akunjee told the newspaper: “I had feared the worst. I’m just really thankful she’s alive. Of course there will be some complications now but I am very grateful.
“I think for those three girls, or two girls now, there was an understanding that as long as they had committed no further offence they will not be prosecuted and can come and be seen as victims.”
I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago and I don’t regret coming here
Mr Akunjee, who was hired by the families after the three girls went missing, also spoke out about Kadiza’s death in a Russian airstrike.
He said: “Kadiza quickly realised she didn’t want to be there. She wanted to come home as a child.”
Begum married to a Dutch fighter and enjoyed a “normal” life, but he is said to have surrendered himself to Syrian fighters and she is believed to be a widow.
She is now due to give birth to her third child, after her first two children died of starvation and illness, and wants the baby to have a decent life with her in the UK.
And she calmly revealed that the first time she saw a severed head “didn’t faze me at all”.
‘I’M NOT THE SAME SILLY CHILD’
She added: “I know what everyone at home thinks of me as I have read all that was written about me online. But I just want to come home to have my child. I’ll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child.”
Discussing what made her walk away from the embattled village of Baghuz, Begum described herself as “weak” for leaving ISIS and praised those brave enough to stay.
She added: “In the end, I just could not endure anymore. I just couldn’t take it. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain.”
The teen also criticised the group’s oppression and corruption saying they didn’t “deserve victory”.
RETURNING JIHADIS What is the law in Britain?
In 2018, it was revealed that almost 400 Brit jihadis who fought for bloodthirsty ISIS in Syria are back in the UK.
But shockingly just one in ten have been prosecuted for “direct action they’ve carried out in Syria”.
Around 15 per cent of the 850 Brits believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq have died.
The Home Office says every person who returns is questioned by police and an assessment made over whether they are a threat to Britain.
However few have been prosecuted.
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill is currently going through Parliament, after its third reading in the House of Lords.
This could make travelling abroad to join terror groups an offence which carries a penalty of ten years in prison.
Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “The UK advises against all travel to Syria and parts of Iraq. Anyone who does travel to these areas, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger.
“Everyone who returns from taking part in the conflict in Syria or Iraq must expect to be investigated by the police to determine if they have committed criminal offences, and to ensure that they do not pose a threat to our national security.
“There are a range of terrorism offences where individuals can be convicted for crimes committed overseas and we can also use Temporary Exclusion Orders to control an individuals’ return to the UK.”
But she insisted: “I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago and I don’t regret coming here.”
Her sister Renu yesterday spoke of her relief at Begum being found after losing contact with the teen for the “longest time”.
She said: “I’m so relieved that my sister has been found, safe and sound.
“We are aware that she has been trying to get out.”
‘NOT RISKING BRITISH LIVES’
Anyone who returns to the UK after travelling to ISIS territory faces criminal investigation and stricter laws are now in place.
Security minister Ben Wallace told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m not putting at risk British people’s lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state.
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“There’s consular services elsewhere in the region and the strong message this Government has given for many years is that actions have consequences.”
Mr Akunjee argued authorities should be reminded of former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe’s position at the time of their disappearance.
He explained: “The position of the Metropolitan Police was that they should be treated as victims, so long as they hadn’t committed any further offences while they are out there.”
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