ISIS bride Shamima Begum UK citizenship revoked
19-year-old ISIS bride, Shamima Begum UK citizenship has been revoked by the UK government, ITV reports.
Shamima Begum married an ISIS fighter and fled to Syria.
In the letter, which was obtained by ITV News, Shamima’s mother was told:
“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.”
A statement from the family, shared by their lawyer, Mohammed T Akunjee, said they are hoping to challenge the decision.
Shamima was found in a Syrian refugee camp by the Times newspaper last week, having reportedly left Baghuz, IS’s last stronghold in the country.
Last weekend she then gave birth to a baby boy, who she hoped to bring back to the UK with her.
Following an interview with the BBC, Shamima hit headlines for her comments surrounding the the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, which killed 22.
Comparing what happened to military assaults on Syria, she said:
“It’s one thing to kill a soldier, it’s fine, it’s self-defence. But to kill people like women and children just like the women and children in Baghuz who are being killed right now unjustly by the bombings – it’s a two-way thing really because women and children are being killed back in the Islamic State right now.
“It’s kind of retaliation. Their justification was that it was retaliation so I thought, okay, that is a fair justification.”
She did, however, add she felt it was ‘wrong’ that innocent people – including children – got killed.
Actor Danny Dyer weighed in on the matter during a recent interview on Good Morning Britain, where he said she should be allowed to return to the UK.