April 10, 2021

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Citizenship revoked: IS supporter not allowed to travel to Great Britain

Citizenship revoked
The IS supporter was not allowed to go to Great Britain

When he was 15, British schoolgirl Shamina Begum went to the IS stronghold of Raqqa and married a jihadi. After the fall of the Caliph, he wants to return, but London revokes his citizenship. Your appeal has now been rejected by the Supreme Court. Judgment may be grounded.

The Supreme Court in London has rejected a request by a British ISIS supporter to return to the country. The five judges of the Supreme Court unanimously decided that Shamima Begum could not come to Great Britain and take legal action against her disqualification. They justified the verdict regarding security. The return of 21-year-old boys is only possible if it is guaranteed that public safety will not be endangered. The court also rejected his application for direct reinstatement of his British citizenship. This judgment is considered the basis for many similar cases.

In 2015, at the age of 15, Shamima Begum traveled from London to Syria with two students, then to the IS stronghold of al-Raqqa, where she married a jihadist. In 2019, he was asked to return to the UK from a Syrian refugee camp. She was very pregnant then. He hoped his child would get a better chance of surviving in the UK, he argued. According to their own reports, Begum’s two children have already died. The young woman’s third child later died.

The then Home Minister Sajid Javed decided to revoke his citizenship on security grounds. This does not make her unstable, the government argued, because she is entitled to citizenship of her parents’ native Bangladesh. Begum Thane was born in Great Britain and was a British citizen by birth – she never lived in Bangladesh.

“Return danger to the public”

According to his lawyers, Begum cannot exercise his right to appeal from Syria. For example, you can’t access the phone. The government argued that their return would endanger the public and that it would outweigh their right to challenge their citizenship. The Supreme Court has now followed this argument.

The ruling was endorsed by the British government. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the decision to withdraw passports from UK citizens would not be taken lightly. The defense of the British comes first.

Human rights groups criticized the court’s ruling and spoke of a “dangerous precedent.” They demand that Begum be allowed to return to England so that he can get a fair trial there. This case divides the British public. Mainly because Begum asked to be allowed back to Great Britain, but in interviews he showed no remorse for the IS attacks.

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