It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the ISIS bride Shamima Begum – last time I think was when some weird Twitter account said that she was being smuggled into the country – so it’s only right that she’s now popped up again with more tales of woe.
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It’s being reported that she’s lost the first stage of her legal battle with the Home Office to prevent her from returning to the UK and London specifically. A tribunal from the Special Immigration Appeals Commission has ruled that she was legally allowed to be stripped of her nationality by Sajid Javid as she has not been left stateless – they also said that she can turn to Bangladesh for her citizenship.
Here’s what the judgment from Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing, Mr Doron Blum and Mr Roger Golland said, courtesy of The Guardian:
We accept that, in her current circumstances, [Begum] cannot play any meaningful part in her appeal and to that extent, the appeal will not be fair and effective.
The home secretary should be free to make a deprivation order immediately after giving notice of intention to deprive the person concerned her citizenship, whether or not the person concerned wishes to appeal against the notice.
When she was stripped of her UK citizenship, Begum was a citizen of Bangladesh by descent, by virtue of [Bangladeshi nationality legislation]. She held that citizenship as of right.
That citizenship was not in the gift of the [Bangladesh] government and could not be denied by the [Bangladesh] government in any circumstances.
I’ll be honest I’m not really sure what a lot of that means, but the gist of it is that she’s probably not going to win her appeal and has to skulk off to Bangladesh to try and obtain citizenship, even though I’m pretty sure they’ve said multiple times they’re not having it. Bummer for her.
Can’t really say it’s that surprising – pretty much the opposite in fact, would say it was inevitable. I’m normally one to defend the underdog but I can’t have that much sympathy for Begum after she ran off to join a terrorist organisation, even if she was only 15. Can’t really be going around doing stuff like that and expect everything to turn out all right, can you?
For more of the same, here’s a shooting range that got set up with her face as one of the targets. Maybe a bit too far.