Shamima Begum finds out TODAY if she’ll be allowed back into Britain eight years after fleeing to join ISIS terror cell
SHAMIMA Begum will find out today whether she will be allowed to return to Britain eight years after fleeing to join ISIS.
The former jihadi bride, now 23, was just 15 when she left her home in Bethnal Green, East London, with two school pals to join the bloodthirsty terror group in Syria.
She was found nine months pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019 – and stripped of her British citizenship on national security grounds by Sajid Javid.
She has been locked in a legal battle with the government ever since – and recently challenged the Home Office over the decision.
Supporters claim she is a victim of trafficking – but the government said she went to Syria with her “eyes wide open” and is a danger to society.
Mr Justice Jay is now due to give the decision on Wednesday morning.
Shamima is currently being held at a camp in northern Syria following the collapse of the ISIS “Caliphate”.
She went to ISIS capital Raqqa in February 2015 where she married Dutch jihadi Yago Riedijk – six years older at 21.
Previous reports have claimed Shamima was a member of the brutal ISIS religious police, carried an AK-47 on street patrols and sewed suicide bombers into their explosive vests.
Earlier this month, she made a fresh bid for sympathy in a new BBC documentary – but also admitted it was “exciting” being smuggled into Syria to join gun-toting killers.
In a 10-part BBC podcast series, she admitted the public see her “as a danger, as a risk, as a potential risk to them, to their safety, to their way of living”.
Speaking ahead of the appeal judgement, veterans’ affairs minister Johnny Mercer said Shamima “clearly represents a threat”.
Asked about whether Shamima should be allowed to return to the UK, told GB News: “That’s a decision for the Home Secretary and previous home secretaries.
“Certainly, Sajid Javid when he was home secretary made the decision to revoke her citizenship. That’s a decision for them.
“Of course she clearly represents a threat. But there is a lot of information in that case that is not in the public domain.
“I don’t think it is worth discussing it in public.
“I think those decisions are made in the courts and in the Home Office, and I’m sure they’ll come to the right conclusion.”
In the BBC2 documentary The Shamima Begum Story, the ISIS bridge told how she and her two pals flew from Gatwick to Istanbul, where an ISIS handler waited with them for a bus.
After arriving in Gaziantep near the Syrian border, they met ISIS smuggler Mohammed Rasheed – who was also allegedly selling info to Canadian spies.
Shamima said they switched cars “about seven times” before crossing into the ISIS badlands.
She claimed she “did not know” about ISIS atrocities – such as the filmed beheadings of British aid workers – before she left London.
During a five-day hearing in November, Shamima’s lawyers said the Home Office had a duty to investigate whether she was a victim of trafficking before stripping her of her British citizenship.
The tribunal heard said she was “recruited, transported, transferred, harboured and received in Syria for the purposes of ‘sexual exploitation’ and ‘marriage’ to an adult male”.
At a previous hearing in February 2020, it was ruled that the decision to remove her British citizenship was lawful as she was “a citizen of Bangladesh by descent” at the time.
But her lawyers said in November that the decision made Shamima “de facto stateless”.
Barristers for the Home Office defended the government’s decision.
They argued that people trafficked to Syria and brainwashed can still be threats to national security.
And they adding that Shamima expressed no remorse when she initially emerged from Syria.
Sir James Eadie KC said there was “no ‘credible suspicion’ that she was a victim of trafficking or was at real and immediate risk of being trafficked prior to her travel from the UK”.
He added that the Security Services “continue to assess that Ms Shamima poses a risk to national security”.
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