ISIS Bride Who Left UK To Join Group Not Allowed To Return Home: UK Court Rules

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Begum had her British citizenship revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.
The UK government on Friday won a major legal battle as the Supreme Court ruled against allowing a London-born 21-year-old woman of Bangladeshi descent, who ran away to Syria as a teenager to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group, to return and fight her citizenship case.

The unanimous decision – with all five top court justices in agreement – comes six years after the then 15-year-old schoolgirl, Shamima Begum, ran away with two other friends to join the Islamic State (ISIS) group in February 2015.



"The Supreme Court unanimously allows all of the Home Secretary's appeals and dismisses Ms Begum's cross-appeal," said Lord Robert Reed, the President of the Supreme Court.

"The right to a fair hearing does not trump all other considerations, such as the safety of the public," he said.

Begum was born in the UK to parents of Bangladeshi heritage.

Begum, dubbed an ISIS bride in reference to her marriage to Dutch ISIS fighter Yago Riedijk, was one of three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green in east London who travelled via Turkey to ISIS headquarters in Raqqa.

When discovered in a refugee camp two years ago, she had already lost two children and was heavily pregnant with her third who died shortly after being born.

Begum had challenged the UK Home Office's decision to remove her British citizenship and wanted to be allowed to return to the UK to pursue that appeal.

She is currently in a camp controlled by armed guards in northern Syria.

Initially, the UK Court of Appeal said she should be allowed to return to fight the case but in July last year it allowed a Home Office…
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