Jihad bride Shamima Begum's family urges Sajid Javid to bring her son to the UK, to challenge revoking her citizenship in court
Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the ISIS bride's UK citizenship on Monday, as opinions varied on whether to let her in the country
Jihadi ISIS bride Shamima Begum's family has pleaded Sajid Javid to help bring her infant son to Britain, saying they were “shocked and appalled at the vile comments” she had made since her discovery at a Syrian refugee camp.
Renu, the teenager's sister, wrote a letter to the home secretary on Thursday informing him that her family has decided to challenge his decision to strip Begum of her British citizenship in court. According to her, the 19-year-old Londoner's potential return was “a matter for our British courts to decide," Independent reports.
Begum was lost to “murderous and misogynistic cult” that had exploited her and “fundamentally damaged her”, the family said, which, in turn led her to make the "sickening" comments in recent interviews, especially when she said the Manchester Arena bombing was simply "retaliation" for the war on ISIS in Syria.
“As a family man yourself, we hope you will understand that we, as her family cannot simply abandon her," Renu Begum’s letter said. "We have a duty to her, and a duty to hope that as she was groomed into what she has become, she can equally be helped back into the sister I knew, and daughter my parents bore.”
The note added, “We were pleased to learn from your comments in the Commons that you recognize my nephew, Shamima’s son, as a British citizen. As a family, we ask now how we can assist you in bringing my nephew home to us. In all of this debacle, he is the one true innocent and should not lose the privilege of being raised in the safety of this country.”
The letter emerged just hours after Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn said revoking Begum's British citizenship was "very extreme" and that she should be repatriated back into the UK. “She obviously has, in my view, a right to return to Britain," Corbyn said. "On that return, she must obviously face a lot of questions about everything she has done and at that point, any action may or may not be taken.”
Meanwhile, Tasnime Akunjee, the lawyer representing Begum's family, has ritten to Javid on the steps to be taken to bring the ISIS bride's son back to Britain.
Shamima Begum, one of three pupils from Bethnal Green who ran away from London aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria, has been found by The Times in a refugee camp after escaping the jihadists’ final showdown. pic.twitter.com/kFcG02lvaq— The Times of London (@thetimes) February 13, 2019
The Labor party, along with advocates on the left, have accused the home secretary of making Begum stateless after she was rejected by Bangladesh, who said there was “no question of her being allowed to enter” the country.
Instead, Bangladesh’s foreign minister Shahriar Alam said its government was "deeply concerned that [Begum] has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship”.