Shamima Begum admits she is ready to go to jail in the UK
But a legal expert stressed that the German federal government’s decision did not set a legal precedent when it came to the UK, saying Begum, who left Britain to become a supposed jihadi friend at the age of 15, faced an uphill struggle to win it over. Citizenship return. Born to Bengali parents in Bethnal Green, east London, and currently living in a refugee camp in Syria, then Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the 22-year-old’s British citizenship in 2019. He promised he would. You will never be allowed to return.
Legal arguments have since emerged, and the Court of Appeal ruled last year that he could return to the UK to challenge the government’s decision to revoke his British citizenship.
However, this decision was overturned by the UK Supreme Court, leaving it in limbo.
The German government’s decision to bring the women, aged between 30 and 38, as well as 23 children, from Roj prison in northeastern Syria may have given Begum new hope in his quest to get the case dismissed.
However, Christopher Cole, counsel counsel at the Parker Rhodes Hickmots law firm, emphasized that there was no reason to believe that Javid’s successor, Priti Patel, or the British legal system, would be in any way affected by events in one country. .
He told Express.co.uk: “The case will be referred to the Special Immigration Appeals Committee (SIAC) for a substantive hearing to see if the Secretary of State has proven to be some kind of danger to society over her safety. Reasons for depriving you of your citizenship.
Shamima Begum’s bid to regain her citizenship is opposed by Home Secretary Priti Patel (Image: ITV/GETTY)
Shamima Begum in an interview with GMB (Image: ITV)
“That’s what the judges are going to have to consider. It’s clear that a lot of it will be evidence that will not be revealed because it will be from the security services.
He added: “What has already been decided is that he will not be allowed to return to the UK to testify.
Somehow he will have to testify from a refugee camp in Syria.
“Obviously she would argue, I imagine, that she was not dangerous, she never was. I would probably argue that she was just a brainwashed and groomed girl.”
And even if she somehow realized what had happened, she now saw the error of her ways, they had been fixed and thus could not be considered a national security risk.
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Shamima Begum recently gave an interview to GMB (Image: ITV)
“I think that’s how she will present her case.”
Begum will also likely argue that he will never be allowed to enter Bangladesh, although Cole noted that the matter has been resolved by UK courts.
“The highest judges in this country have decided, legally, that she is worthy of Bangladeshi citizenship, although I think she could try to repeat that argument,” she explained.
Assessing her views, Cole said: “It is difficult because her attorneys have already argued that it would be nearly impossible for her to have a fair hearing because she cannot give proper instructions or participate.
“And then, when you think it’s going to be a closed test that you’ll never get to see in security agencies about risk assessment, overcoming it is an uphill battle, I imagine.
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Shamima Begum when she was 15 years old in Bethnal Green (Photo: Charity)
Shamima Begum was photographed at the airport on her way to Syria. (photo: paper)
“Although it is clear that the onus is on the Secretary of State to prove that it is this risk to national security that justifies accepting her citizenship.
But Priti Patel has all the cards. They have all the evidence.
Cole emphasized that the case itself was not unusual.
He said, “There have been numerous cases within the Special Appeals Committee, where people have struggled with the issue of deprivation of citizenship, due to national security issues.
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Legally speaking, the interesting thing is that he went to the Supreme Court. Now if she can participate, if we violate human rights, we don’t let her at least come back to participate in the sessions.
“It’s very common, frankly: there are a number of cases of British nationals accused of supporting terrorism in one way or another, in which the Foreign Secretary has deprived them of their citizenship.”
He also noted that a controversial interview with Begum she gave from the refugee camp, in which he appeared indifferent or indifferent to the atrocities committed by the Islamic State, counted a lot against him.
“It’s kind of like a lottery, whether you’re the one the government decided to pick,” Cole said.
Shamima Begum now and at the time of her controversial interview (Image: ITV/GETTY)
“By courting the media and doing those interviews, it didn’t do him any good.
“Literally hundreds of them have come back from Syria and absolutely nothing has happened, but once you are in the public eye, you have to see the government to do something about it.”
Explaining Germany’s decision, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: “Children are not responsible for their situation. It is good that we do everything we can so that they can live safely and in a good environment.
“Mothers will have to submit to the criminal justice system for their actions.”
(Additional reporting by Monica Ballenberg)
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