The Jihadi bridge Shamima Begum who left London at age 15 in 2015 to join the Islamic State has failed the first stage of her appeal against the government’s decision to strip her of her British citizenship.
Begum was found in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019, Former Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her UK citizenship later that month.
Now 20-years-old, Begum’s defence team claimed she could not legally have had her citizenship taken from her as she is not a dual national of any other nation. International law dictates it is illegal to deprive nationals of citizenship if doing so would leave them stateless.
However, Rejecting the 20-year-old’s case that she had been left stateless, the Commission concluded that Ms Begum was “a citizen of Bangladesh by descent”.
It is understood that Begum has claim to Bangladeshi nationality through her mother, however, in February 2019, Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs said Ms Begum was not a Bangladeshi citizen and there was “no question” of her being allowed into the country and Bangladeshi foreign minister Abdul Momen repeated their position on Begum but further added that if she entered Bangladesh she will face the death penalty due to the nation’s “zero-tolerance policy” towards terrorism.
Ms Begum’s lawyer, Daniel Furner, said his client would “immediately initiate an appeal” against the decision “as a matter of exceptional urgency”.
Judge Doron Blum, announcing the decision of the tribunal, said that although there were concerns about how Ms Begum – in Syria – could take part in the proceedings in London, those difficulties did not mean the home secretary’s decision should be overturned.
She said: “[Ms Begum] left the UK apparently of her own free will some years before the decision – and she was not outside the UK as a result of the decision.”
The Home Office welcomed the ruling, adding that “it would be inappropriate to comment further whilst legal proceedings are ongoing”.
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