British teenager who joined ISIS wants to be tried in the UK

This content was published on November 22, 2021 – 2:05 PM

LONDON, November 22 (EFE) – British young Shamina Begum, who fled at the age of 15 in 2015 with two colleagues to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS), said in an interview with Britain’s Sky News. She wanted to be tried in the UK, adding that when she joined the ranks of the jihadists she “did not hate” her country.

Begum, whose British citizenship was revoked for security reasons when she was found in 2019 in a Syrian refugee camp, reiterated that she did not commit crimes on the orders of the Islamic State, and demanded that she be able to prove this before a court in the United States. kingdom.

“I’m willing to fight (these accusations) in court, but I haven’t had the opportunity,” Begum said.

Currently, the young woman lives in a refugee camp in northern Syria, where she married Dutch Muslim Yago Riedjik and had three children, all of whom are deceased.

It was February 17, 2015, when 15-year-old Begum and her two friends, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abbasi, traveled from London to Syria with a layover in Istanbul to later join the jihadist group.

Begum added in the interview that she was so repressed in the UK, she felt she couldn’t live the life she wanted as a British woman.

He said, “I did not hate the United Kingdom; in fact, I hated my life.”

He commented in the interview that the decision to go to Syria was a premeditated decision months ago, and he also talked about his family that he misses, but he has nothing to do with it now.

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A Sky News journalist asked her about her future, and she replied: “It’s hard to think about the future when everyone tells you you’ll never come back.” EFE

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