Where was Shamima Begum born and can she be stripped of her British citizenship?

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ISIS bride Shamima Begum wants to return home to the UK after the terror group she devoted herself to collapsed in Syria.

But now the Government have stripped the teen of her citizenship to prevent her from returning to the country she was born in.

Shamima Begum after being made a none British Citizen
Shamima Begum, with her baby son, has been stripped of her British citizenship
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Why has Shamima Begum been stripped of her British citizenship?

Begum fled the UK in February 2015 with two other girls from the same school in East London to join the fledgling Caliphate in Iraq and Syria which had emerged out of the chaos of war in those two countries.

Last week, with the ISIS empire finished, she declared that she wanted to come home with her son.

But she appears to have shown no remorse and called last year’s Manchester Arena massacre of 22 people attending a concert “justified”.

According to BBC Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville, Begum “still believes IS propaganda”.

He said: “When I asked her about the enslavement, murder and rape of Yazidi women by IS, she said ‘Shia do the same in Iraq’.

“She had little to offer in way of apology to the millions of Iraqis and Syrians whose lives were destroyed by IS.”

Her principled position has sparked intense debate about the UK’s responsibilities to jihadis, who despise the country and everything it stands for, from seeking to return from Syria.

The case took a dramatic turn on Tuesday, February 20, when it emerged the Home Office had opted to strip Ms Begum of her British citizenship.

The 19-year-old claims she is “willing to change” her ways while pleading for “mercy” from Britain and says newborn son Jerah is sick.

Asked by Sky News correspondent John Sparks in Syria if she would be prepared to let her son go to the UK she replied: “No”.

She nodded her head when asked if the boy would stay with her at the camp for ISIS brides.

In a message to British politicians the teen said: “I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart, you know.”

When asked by the Sky journalist if she could be rehabilitated following her time with the terror group, she replied: “I am willing to change.”

Begum has been formally notified she is no longer a UK citizen and can't return
Begum has been formally notified she is no longer a UK citizen and can’t return

Can ISIS Bride Shamima Begum be stripped of her British citizenship?

The British Nationality Act 1981 provides the Home Secretary with the power to take such action if it is “conducive to the public good”.

Clearly being a unrepentant member of the reviled death cult – unparalleled in modern times for its depravity which it openly boasted about in videos – is justification.     

Figures for 2017 show that 104 people were deprived of their British citizenship – up from 14 in the previous year.

The Home Office said the Home Secretary “has the power to deprive someone of their British citizenship where it would not render them stateless”, adding: “We do not comment on individual cases, but any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not taken lightly.”

However, Britain could be forced to take in runaway ISIS bride Shamima Begum after Bangladesh said they don’t want her.

The country said the teen is not a Bangladeshi citizen so there is “no question” of her being allowed in – despite Britain’s move to strip her of her UK citizenship.

“The government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that (Begum) has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship,” Shahrial Alam, state minister of foreign affairs, said in a statement issued to the Guardian.

“Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh … There is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh.”

The Home Office had claimed she has dual British-Bangladesh nationality due to her parents being from Bangladesh.

Begum has also suggested she could apply for citizenship in Holland because her depraved terrorist husband is Dutch.

But the Dutch Government told The Sun Online that the brainwashed Brit does not have the residence permit needed to live in the country.

Holland has also taken a hardline approach to its own people who have become jihadis – stripping those who are deemed a national security threat of their citizenship.

Can Begum block the UK Government’s attempt to strip her of her British citizenship?

It is possible that a viable attempt could be made to challenge the decision.

This could take years and Begum would have to stay put in Syria until she is successful in winning her citizenship back.  

A protracted legal battle would centre around international law forbidding nations from making people stateless.

Her age when she defected to the ISIS Caliphate — she was 15 — could also be a mitigating factor when deciding on whether to strip her of her nationality.

Meanwhile Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Begum’s new born boy could be allowed back – although not with his ISIS mum. 

She says she should be allowed back to Britain because her baby is sick and she won’t leave without him, claiming she is “willing to change” her ways while pleading for “mercy” from Britain and says newborn son Jerah is sick.

Asked by Sky News correspondent John Sparks in Syria if she would be prepared to let her son go to the UK she replied: “No”.

She nodded her head when asked if the boy would stay with her at the camp for ISIS brides.

In a message to British politicians the teen said: “I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart, you know.”

When asked by the Sky journalist if she could be rehabilitated following her time with the terror group, she replied: “I am willing to change.”


Where is Shamima Begum now?

Begum fled the refugee camp with her son Jerah after receiving death threats at the end of February.

Other jihadi wives believe she has disgraced their cause by bleating about her plight – and they have vowed to kill her.

Her exact location is not yet known but is believed to be in another camp.

Shamima Begum’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee told The Sun: “I can confirm that it is our understanding that Shamima has been moved from Al-Hol due to safety concerns around her and her baby.

“We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hol camp.”

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