Shamima Begum’s Return to UK Put on Hold as Citizenship Case Goes to Supreme Court


Shamima Begum, left the UK in 2015 to join the so-called Daesh group in Syria, where she lived under its rule for more than three years. In February last year the former Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship due to national security concerns. Begum has since taken legal action to reverse the government’s decision.

The case of Daesh bride Shamima Begum, who is appealing to retain her British citizenship and return to the UK, will go to the Supreme Court.

On Friday at a remote hearing the Court of Appeal decided that the case raised a point of public importance that only the Supreme Court can resolve.

Separately the court also heard that an investigation is under way in Whitehall as to how the Sun newspaper got hold of a copy of the previous judgement on July 16.

At the outset of Friday’s hearing, Lady Justice King said: “There was a breach of the embargo which preserved the confidentiality of the judgment until hand down, the judgment having been circulated to the parties on July 9.

“Either a copy of that judgment, or the essential contents of that judgment, were disclosed or passed on to The Sun national newspaper in advance of the judgment being handed down on July 16.”

Earlier this month, three Court of Appeal judges ruled that “the only way in which she [Begum] can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal.”

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