Daesh Bride Shamima Begum Launches Bid To Regain Citizenship At UK Supreme Court

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Shamima Begum was 15 when she left her home in Bethnal Green, east London, in February 2015 and travelled to Syria with two other British schoolgirls. She married a jihadist and lived in the Daesh’s self-declared Caliphate until last year.

Lawyers for Shamima Begum have gone before the UK Supreme Court to argue the government was acting illegally when it stripped her of her UK citizenship after she joined Daesh.

The Supreme Court will hear opposing arguments on whether she poses as a security threat and whether that outweighs her human rights.

Sir James Eadie, a lawyer representing the UK government, told the Supreme Court judges on Monday 23 November that Begum was “considered to pose a real and current threat to national security.”

​In July the Court of Appeal in London ruled that Begum, who is now 20, should be present in Britain to hear the legal challenge. She is currently in a refugee camp.

But the government appealed and the Court of Appeal agreed the case should be referred up to the Supreme Court because it raised “points of law of general public importance.”

He added: “The exposure of the public to an increased risk of terrorism is not justifiable or appropriate in this case on fairness grounds.” 

​In February 2019 the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid, and Prime Minister Theresa May revoked her citizenship on national security grounds.

​Begum claimed she married a Dutch jihadist soon after…

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