Shamima Begum will have her British citizenship revoked by the Government, her lawyer has said.
Ministers will seek an order ‘depriving’ the 19-year-old Londoner of her citizenship, her lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said.
Begum fled east London in 2015 to travel to Syria, but now wishes to return to the UK for the sake of her newly born child.
The Home Office is planning to revoke Shamima Begum’s British citizenship (Picture: BBC News)
Home Secretary Sajid Javid ordered the move against Shamima Begum (Picture: PA)In a statement, Mr Akunjee said: ‘Family are very disappointed with the Home Office’s intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship.
‘We are considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision.’
ITV News reported a letter from the Home Office that was received by Ms Begum’s mother on Tuesday.
It said Home Secretary Sajid Javid had ordered the move and explained it had already been processed.
Mr Akunjee claimed yesterday that the 19-year-old, who married an Isis fighter in Syria, is ‘traumatised’.
She was married off to Dutch convert Yago Riedijk, 27, within 10 days of arriving in Syria but has not seen him since he was arrested in Turkey (Picture: PA)
The familes of Amira Abase and Shamima Begum (Picture: Getty)
Begum’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee claimed the 19-year-old is ‘traumatised’ (Picture: ITV)He compared her to a ‘shell shocked’ First World War soldier and added that ‘she’s a British citizen at the end of the day’.
In an interview with Sky News, Begum showed little emotion as she claimed the British people ‘should have sympathy’ for her, despite admitting that she still agrees with the ideology of Isis.
She said: ‘I’m still in the mentality of Dawlah’ (the name for Isis its members use), and insisted that she was ‘just a housewife’ and never encouraged anyone to go to Syria.
Caption: Shamima Begum lawyer Tasnime AkunjeeCopyright: ITVSpeaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Akunjee said: ‘In terms of bringing Shamima back over, she’s a British citizen at the end of the day.
‘There’s an innocent child here – the baby, her baby – and bringing that child back into safety is a duty that any moral state would have.
‘We can understand, certainly, that the public is repulsed by it.’
Shamima was married off to Dutch convert Yago Riedijk, 27, within 10 days of arriving in Syria but has not seen him since he was arrested in Turkey.
Speaking to Sky News from a refugee camp in northern Syria, she said: ‘I cannot live in this camp forever.
‘They do not have any evidence against me that I am dangerous.’
But she refused to apologise for her actions and seemed indifferent to the atrocities committed by the organisation she joined, saying she ‘doesn’t regret’ leaving the UK.
She said: ‘It’s made me tougher, stronger. I married my husband – I wouldn’t have found someone like him back in the UK.
‘I had my kids, I did have a good time there, just at the end things got harder and I couldn’t take it any more.’
But she admitted: ‘I didn’t know what I was getting into when I left.’