Shamima Begum: IS bride ‘would face demise penalty in Bangladesh’


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Ms Begum left Bethnal Inexperienced, east London, in 2015 to affix the Islamic State group in Syria

IS bride Shamima Begum would “face the demise penalty” for terrorism if she got here to Bangladesh, the nation’s overseas minister has mentioned.

Abdul Momen instructed the BBC that Ms Begum has “nothing to do” together with his nation.

The 19-year-old, who left east London to affix the Islamic State group in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship in February.

Her declare to Bangladeshi nationality via her mom is believed to have knowledgeable the Residence Workplace’s choice.

Below worldwide regulation, it’s unlawful to deprive an individual of citizenship if to take action would depart them stateless.

Chatting with the BBC, Ms Begum’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, instructed the BBC “under no circumstances is she Bangladesh’s drawback”.

Ms Begum is interesting in opposition to the Residence Workplace’s choice.

Mr Momen mentioned there was “no query” of giving Ms Begum Bangladeshi citizenship or permitting her into the nation, piling stress on Residence Secretary Sajid Javid to settle her standing.

“She has by no means sought Bangladeshi citizenship and her mother and father are additionally British residents,” he instructed the BBC.

“The British authorities is answerable for her. They will must cope with her.”

He added that, if she did find yourself coming to Bangladesh, she would fall foul of the nation’s “zero tolerance coverage” in direction of terrorism.

“Bangladeshi regulation may be very clear. Terrorists must face the demise penalty,” he mentioned.

Though Ms Begum travelled to Syria to affix the IS group, she has not admitted any terror offences.

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Media captionTasnime Akunjee, the lawyer for the household of Shamima Begum, expects her to be “broken” by her ordeal

The Residence Workplace might reverse its choice “at any time” and doing so would “save British taxpayers some huge cash” in courtroom prices and authorized support, Mr Akunjee mentioned.

“What Sajid Javid did in stripping Shamima of her citizenship is human fly tipping – taking our issues and dumping them on different nations,” he mentioned.

The Residence Workplace instructed the BBC it will not reply to Mr Momen’s feedback and had nothing additional so as to add to its earlier assertion.

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Ms Begum left the UK with two college associates on the age of 15 earlier than being discovered by a journalist from the Occasions in a Syrian refugee camp in mid-February this yr.

Closely pregnant together with her third little one, she pleaded to return to the UK, claiming she had been “brainwashed” by Islamic State and now “regrets every thing”.

She mentioned she didn’t remorse travelling to Syria however didn’t agree with every thing the IS group had executed.

Mr Javid didn’t acquiesce to her pleas, telling MPs he “will not hesitate” to revoke her citizenship within the pursuits of nationwide safety.

“For those who again terror, there should be penalties,” he mentioned.

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Ms Begum was 15 and residing in Bethnal Inexperienced, London, when she left the UK in 2015

Quickly afterwards, she gave start to a boy referred to as Jarrah. He died of pneumonia in March at lower than three weeks of age. She had two different youngsters who additionally died.

Within the wake of the boy’s demise, Mr Javid was criticised over the choice to strip Ms Begum of her British citizenship.

Three weeks previous to the demise, Ms Begum’s sister, Renu Begum, had written to Mr Javid asking him to assist her deliver the child to the UK.

Below the 1981 British Nationality Act, an individual might be disadvantaged of their citizenship if the house secretary is happy it will be “conducive to the general public good” and they might not turn into stateless in consequence.

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