SIC Notícias | Woman who fled United Kingdom to join ISIS barred from returning

SIC Notícias | Woman who fled United Kingdom to join ISIS barred from returning

IS bride Shamima Begum should not be allowed to return to the United Kingdom to fight a decision to strip her of British citizenship, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The court ruled that her rights weren't breached when Begum was refused permission to return.

The unanimous ruling reversed findings by the Court of Appeal that Shamima Begum was denied the right of an effective appeal against the Home Secretary's decision to strip her of her citizenship, by refusing her entry into the country to challenge that decision.

In his judgement Reed said Begum is now being held at a camp in Syria.

Begum, 21, who is being held in a detention camp in Syria, was stripped her of her British citizenship in 2019 on national security grounds, but the Court of Appeal ruled past year she could only have a fair appeal against that decision if she were allowed back to Britain.

Britain's then-interior minister Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship in 2019 on national security grounds amid an outcry led by right-wing newspapers.

The President of the Supreme Court, Lord Robert Reed, said that the UK Court of Appeal made four errors past year when it ruled that Begum should be allowed to return to the UK to carry out her appeal.

A two-day hearing in the case in November heard that Begum was still considered by MI5 as a national security risk because although she had travelled out as a minor, she had "aligned" with the terror group.

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Begum was one of three schoolgirls from the Bethnal Green Academy in East London who went to join IS, shortly after Sharmeena Begum, who is no relation, travelled to Syria in December 2014.

She argues that the decision to revoke her British nationality was illegal, as it rendered her stateless and put her at risk of death or inhuman and degrading treatment.

She is married to Dutch terrorist Yago Riedijk and has lost three young children while living in Baghuz.

Britain's highest court also concluded that the court of appeal had mistakenly believed that "when an individual's right to have a fair hearing of an appeal came into conflict with the requirements of national security, her right to a fair hearing must prevail".

The Government of Bangladesh, however, stated that Begum does not hold Bangladeshi citizenship and will not be allowed to enter the country. She remained in the Islamic State Islamic State until she was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in al-Hawl refugee camp. Begum was 15 when she left home to join ISIS. "But the stripping of her citizenship without a chance to clear her name is not justice, it is the opposite".

She can not speak to her lawyers or participate in a hearing by video.

Her newborn baby died soon after she gave birth, while her two other children also died in infancy under IS rule.

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