SHAMIMA Begum’s neighbours say she’s lying about her willingness to change her ways — claiming it’s not “in her heart”.
The 19-year-old jihadi bride recently gave birth to a baby boy in a refugee camp in Syria, but she wants to come back to the UK to raise him after ISIS’ caliphate collapsed.
Enterprise News and Pictures Shamima Begum wants to return to the UK with her newborn son – but her former neighbours have questioned her intentions
She was only 15 when she fled Bethnal Green to join the horrific extremist organisation in 2015.
Begum says she’s “willing to change” — but she has recently been stripped of her British citizenship by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Now senior members of Bethnal Green’s Muslim community have supported Javid’s decision, questioning unrepentant Begum’s sincerity.
Moulana Abdul Malik, 51, imam at the Baitul Aman mosque near where Begum grew up, told The Times: “It might not really be in her heart.
“People who are brainwashed may not have changed their habits — those who go to extremism will not change.
“We think the decision taken by the Home Office was correct. I’m worried if Shamima Begum does return, she might influence people. It would be dangerous for other young people.”
Others in the mosque went even further in their criticism of Begum and praise of the Home Office.
One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “She’s taking the p**s. She’s not saying, ‘I’ve been groomed, it was a mistake.’
“She only wants to come home for the NHS, for the healthcare.”
Begum’s family have directly petitioned the Government to allow her to bring her son, who is said to be ill, to Britain.
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Their letter to the Home Secretary said the child was a “true innocent” who didn’t deserve to “lose the privilege of being raised in the safety of this country.”
Begum is married to Dutchman Yago Riedijk, 27, an ISIS fighter who is currently being held in a different camp to her.
They had three children together — two of which died due to illness and malnutrition in Syria.
Anthony Loyd – The Times Begum’s British citizenship was taken away from her after she fled the UK to join ISIS in 2015
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