A RELATIVE of ISIS bride Shamima Begum has broken ranks with her family to say he SUPPORTS the decision to remove her UK citizenship.
The 19-year-old from Bethnal Green, London, has begged to be allowed to return home and raise her baby after fleeing Britain in 2015 to live under ISIS rule in Syria.
Shamima Begum has made it clear she wants to come home to the UK with her son Jerah[/caption]
Her pleas have sparked outrage among the British public and the relatives of those killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.
Begum’s parents have also pleaded for forgiveness, saying they hope she can return and care for her baby in “peace and security”.
However, her brother-in-law Muhammad Rahman, 36, today said the British public should get behind the government for revoking her passport.
Mr Rahman’s brother is married to Shamima’s sister Renu.
He said: “I think we should support it, they (the government) are the people who are in the position to make the decision. The people who are making these decisions are doing it for the country.
“They don’t have an easy job, you can’t please everyone. The information they have is to the best of their ability and the British people should support it.
“I last spoke to Shamima when she was very young. I think it is upsetting for my sister-in-law and her side of the family.”
Speaking hours after the teenager’s family revealed she will never be able to return to the UK, he added: “I have made comments and it’s upset them.
“I don’t know Shamima, I last saw her when she was very young. It sounds bad but it doesn’t affect my life, it affects her family who I am not that close to. I don’t want to upset my sister-in-law but I don’t really know that side of the family. They are extended family, I think it’s often like that.”
Why and how was Shamima Begum stripped of her British citizenship?
The Home Secretary’s power to deprive someone of their British citizenship is covered by Section 40 British Nationality Act 1981.
It states the Home Sec must be satisfied “it would be conducive to the public good to deprive person of his or her British nationality.
The official regulations add “that s/he would not become stateless as a result of the deprivation.”
Home Office guidance states that ‘Conduciveness to the Public Good’ means “depriving in the public interest on the grounds of involvement in terrorism, espionage, serious organised crime, war crimes or unacceptable behaviours.”
If Shamima Begum decides to appeal the decision to impose deprivation of citizenship order she has 28 days to appeal to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission
Meanwhile, speaking from the camp in Syria where she’s being held, Begum was today told by ITV of the news her citizenship was being revoked.
She said: “I’m a bit shocked… It’s a bit unjust on me and my son.”
Begum, who gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday, said she had not been informed of the decision when she received the letter.
She added: “I don’t know what to say. I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked. It’s a bit upsetting and frustrating.
“It’s kind of heartbreaking to read. My family made it sound like it would be a lot easier for me to come back to the UK when I was speaking to them in Baghouz. It’s kind of hard to swallow.
“I heard that other people are being sent back to Britain so I don’t know why my case is any different to other people, or is it just because I was on the news four years ago?”
She then suggested she might try use her marriage to Dutch jihadi Yago Riedijk as a means of gaining citizenship in Europe.
An official Home Office letter breaking the shock news was delivered to Begum’s “disappointed” family yesterday.
The letter read: “Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship.
“In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary’s decision has been served of file today (19th February), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.”
It’s not yet known how the ban will affect her newborn son Jerah – who is half British and half Dutch.
The teenager’s family have said they are “disappointed” by the Home Office’s decision, said their lawyer Tasnime Akunjee.
He tweeted: “We are considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision.”
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Begum’s dual nationality – as both her parents are of Bangladeshi – reportedly cleared the way for today’s decision.
However, Mr Akunjee, told The Independent the 19-year-old is a sole British national and had “never had a Bangladeshi passport”.
The Brit joined ISIS in Syria at 15 and now wants to return with her son, Jerah[/caption]
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