IS bride Shamima's hopes of returning to UK suffer setback

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 16:34, Dec 08, 2019 | Updated : 16:35, Dec 08, 2019

Renu Begum, sister of teenage British girl Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard, in London, Britain February 22, 2015. REUTERS/File PhotoIslamic State bride Shamima Begum’s hopes of getting her British citizenship back have been dealt an extreme blow by the British High Court.

The Judges have determined that two terrorists – who like Shamima are from British-Bangladeshi households – shouldn’t have their UK passports restored, reports Daily Mail.

The choice paves the way, in which for British Home Secretary Priti Patel to lawfully cease the IS bride from re-entering the UK on nationwide safety grounds.

Shamima was born and raised in Britain by Bangladeshi origin parents.

She was 15 years old when she secretly fled her home in east London in 2015 to join the terrorist group and is now living in a camp run by Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

While it would be illegal to leave a person stateless, the British government made the decision on its own that Shamima is eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship through her parents.

Bangladeshi foreign ministry later confirmed that she was not entitled to Bangladeshi citizenship.

At a three-day hearing at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, Shamima's lawyers, however, argued that as the Bangladeshi government has refused to accept her right to citizenship, leaving her stateless.