ISIS bride loses battle for British citizenship
· Feb 25, 2024 ·

You may have heard of Shamima Begum. She was a once-promising young woman who left the UK to join ISIS at the age of 15.

In 2015, she moved to Syria to marry an ISIS fighter, leading to the revocation of her British citizenship on the grounds of national security after she was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

Begum has since been trying to get back to the UK.

Last year, she unsuccessfully contested the decision made by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), which said revoking her citizenship was lawful.

She appealed the decision, and today, she lost that battle.

Giving today's ruling, Lady Chief Justice Baroness Carr said: 'It could be argued the decision in Ms Begum's case was harsh. It could also be argued that Ms Begum is the author of her own misfortune.

'But it is not for this court to agree or disagree with either point of view. Our only task is to assess whether the deprivation decision was unlawful.

'We have concluded it was not and the appeal is dismissed.'

The Court of Appeal refused her claim that she was a victim of trafficking, but her lawyers are promising to "keep fighting" until she is "safely back home."

The Daily Mail

The legal team representing the jihadi bride might seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, and if that doesn't work, they could pursue an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

It's good to see the UK standing up for itself and its citizens, but it's tragic to see what has happened to this young woman who was once a straight-A pupil.

Begum left London with two of her close friends, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15 - both those girls are believed to be dead. Yes, she could have been radicalized and manipulated, but the fact is she made her choices and now must live with the consequences.

In 2019, intelligence briefings suggested that Begum had been involved in sewing ISIS terrorists into their suicide vests, making sure the devices couldn't be removed without detonation. However, she claims she only stayed home and cared for her husband.

When she appeared on a BBC podcast, "The Shamima Begum Story," she claimed she had not been aware of ISIS atrocities and 'fell in love' with the idea of the terror group as a 'utopia.'

Not sure who would believe that...

She said she was told to 'pack nice clothes so you can dress nicely for your husband'.

Interviewed by Good Morning Britain in 2021, she begged for forgiveness and insisted she was a victim - not a terrorist or a criminal.

She had drastically changed her appearance - wearing a Nike baseball cap instead of her hijab, a grey vest, a Casio watch, and painted her fingernails pink.

'No one can hate me more than I hate myself for what I've done and all I can say is I'm sorry and just give me a second chance', she said, before adding she was 'groomed and taken advantage of and manipulated'.

Begum clearly knew what she was doing. Maybe she does regret her choices; perhaps it is all an act. Photos inside her refugee camp tent even showed a Union flag cushion in the background - it's all just optics.

ABC News

I believe in redemption, and I think people can change. But she doesn't need to be in the UK; she can practice her redemption elsewhere.

But this probably won't be the last we hear of ISIS bride Shamima Begum...

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