UK Supreme court rejects Shamima's legal bid to return

The jihadi bride hopes to return to the UK to pursue a legal appeal against the decision by Sajid Javid the former Home Secretary to revoke her citizenship in 2019

The jihadi bride hopes to return to the UK to pursue a legal appeal against the decision by Sajid Javid the former Home Secretary to revoke her citizenship in 2019

Shamima Begum, the so-called "girlfriend of ISIS" who was stripped of her British citizenship for joining a jihadi group in Syria as a teenager in the Islamic State, will be ruled by the British Supreme Court in this country (02.26.2021).

The 21-year-old was one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State in February 2015.

In July a year ago, the Court of Appeal ruled that "the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal".

But the UK's Supreme Court overturned that decision in its unanimous ruling on Friday, meaning that although she can still pursue her appeal against the decision to take away her citizenship, she cannot do that in Britain.

The UK Court of Appeal a year ago ruled that Begum should be granted leave to enter the UK for her appeal because otherwise it would not be "a fair and effective hearing".

Reed added that the Court of Appeal did not give the Home Secretary's assessment of the requirements to enter the United Kingdom "the respect it deserved", adding that the court made their "own assessment of the requirements" despite an "absence of relevant evidence".

Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two friends. However, in 2019, the UK Home Office revoked his citizenship on national security grounds. This is "not a flawless solution as it is not known how long it may be before that is possible", he said.

Begum is now in a camp controlled by armed guards in northern Syria. "But there is no flawless solution to a dilemma of the present kind", the judges said. It said that Begum would live under controls set by Home Secretary Priti Patel, were she to return.

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Shamima Begum says she is not a citizen of any other country and that the ministry's decision left her stateless.

Begum claims she married a Dutch convert soon after arriving in Daesh-held territory.

Her third child died in the al-Roj camp in March 2019, shortly after he was born.

'Stripping someone's citizenship without due process sets a unsafe precedent, ' rights organisation Liberty said.

The Government of Bangladesh, however, stated that Begum does not hold Bangladeshi citizenship and will not be allowed to enter the country.

Begum's lawyers argued that she could not properly defend herself stranded in detention in Syria, where she could not properly correspond with her legal team.

The tabloid newspaper The Sun has called her a "vile fanatic" who has "no place on our soil". Her two other children also died in infancy under ISIS rule.

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