UK court rules Shamima Begum, the ISIS bride can return to the UK

Shamima Begum

Shamima Begum, the UK schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join the ISIS terror group should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the deprivation of her British citizenship, senior judges have ruled.

According to Mirror UK, the medium that broke the news.

Ms Begum, now 20, travelled to Syria in February 2015 and lived under Islamic State rule for more than three years before she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.

Then home secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds later that month.

Ms Begum took legal action against the Home Office, claiming the decision was unlawful because it rendered her stateless and exposed her to a real risk of death or inhuman and degrading treatment.

In February, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) – a specialist tribunal which hears challenges to decisions to remove someone’s British citizenship on national security grounds – ruled the decision was lawful as Ms Begum was “a citizen of Bangladesh by descent” at the time of the decision.

The tribunal also found that she “cannot play any meaningful part in her appeal and that, to that extent, the appeal will not be fair and effective”, but ruled that “it does not follow that her appeal succeeds”.

Ms Begum’s challenge to the Home Office’s decision to refuse to allow her to enter the UK to effectively pursue her appeal was also rejected.

In June, Ms Begum’s barrister Tom Hickman QC told the Court of Appeal that removing his client’s British citizenship took away “the real possibility that she could return to the UK”.

He said the decision had the result of “exposing her to … the real risk of removal to Bangladesh or Iraq”, where Ms Begum faced “extra-judicial killing at the hands of the police” or “a wholly unfair and predetermined ‘trial’ and an immediate sentence of death”.

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