UK citizenship appeal by Shamima Begum to begin

Shamima Begum will file her appeal against the deprivation of her British citizenship.

s Begum fled her east London home to Syria as a 15-year-old schoolgirl with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) more than seven years ago.

She has denied any involvement in terrorist activities and is questioning a government decision to strip her of her citizenship while Ms Sultana was reportedly killed in a Russian airstrike and Ms Abase is missing.

It has since been alleged that she was smuggled into Syria by a Canadian spy.

A hearing by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission is due to start Monday at the Field House Tribunal Center in London and is expected to last five days.

In February 2019, Ms. Begum was found nine months pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp. Her British citizenship was revoked shortly thereafter for reasons of national security.

She challenged the Home Office’s decision, but the Supreme Court ruled she was not allowed to enter the UK to pursue her appeal.

During an interview last summer, Ms Begum said she wanted to be brought back to the UK to face charges, adding in a direct appeal to the Prime Minister that she could be “an asset” in the fight against terror.

She added that she was “prepared” to flee to Syria as a “stupid” and impressionable child.

According to the BBC and The Times, Mohammed Al Rasheed, who allegedly worked as a double agent for the Canadians, met the girls in Turkey before taking them to Syria in February 2015.

Both news organizations reported that Rasheed provided information to Canadian intelligence while smuggling people to ISIS, with The Times citing the book The Secret History Of The Five Eyes.

Lawyer for the Begum family, Tasnime Akunjee, previously said in a statement: “Shamima Begum will have a hearing before the SIAC (Special Immigration Appeals Commission) court where one of the main arguments will be that former Home Secretary Sajid Javid Shamima Begum revoked their citizenship. He left them in Syria and did not consider them victims of human trafficking.

“The UK has international obligations on how we view a trafficked person and how we hold them accountable for their actions.” UK citizenship appeal by Shamima Begum to begin

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