Following the ruling of a British court, ISIS bride Shamima Begum has been left “angry, upset and crying”.
The ruling decided she could not return to Britain to fight a citizenship battle.
She is now in a detention camp in Syria with no chance of leaving. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected her request to come back to Britain yesterday.
At the age of 15, Ms Begum left east London with two friends to join the terror group. The two friends who fled Britain with Ms Begum are thought to be dead.
Her British citizenship was then revoked on grounds of national security. Now 21, Shamima has been pictured at the camp in Syria. She hasn’t spoken to journalists since the verdict.
Friends of Shamima’s have spoken to reporters, saying how emotional she is. They told Sky News : “She’s very angry. And she’s very upset and crying. She doesn’t want to talk to us.”
She was pictured walking through the al-Roj detention camp yesterday.
Begum has been living in northern Syria after the ISIS stronghold fell in the Middle East. In the video recorded by an ITV News crew, she was seen wearing sunglasses, a jacket, t-shirt, leggings and white trainers. She turns away from the camera and walks away towards a cluster of tents as children play outside.
The Supreme Court
Appeal judges had previously decided she could enter the UK, but the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the decision.
The Supreme Court said the lower court was wrong to say she is allowed to enter to pursue her citizenship case.
Begum was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019, and her citizenship was revoked.
At the time of her discovery, she told journalists that she didn’t regret joining ISIS.
However, she begged to be rescued and brought back to the UK. When she was 15 she married a Dutch-born ISIS fighter in Syria and has had three children, however, all have died.
Many people say she gave up her rights to citizenship when she travelled to join ISIS and said she shows no remorse.
But, on the other side, some people claim she was groomed and trafficked against her will. They believe she should be helped in Britain, because she was radicalised here.
Lord Reed said: “The Supreme Court unanimously allows all of the Home Secretary’s appeals and dismisses Ms Begum’s cross-appeal.”
He added: “The right to a fair hearing does not trump all other considerations, such as the safety of the public.
“If a vital public interest makes it impossible for a case to be fairly heard then the courts cannot ordinarily hear it.
“The appropriate response to the problem in the present case is for the deprivation hearing to be stayed – or postponed – until Ms Begum is in a position to play an effective part in it without the safety of the public being compromised.
“That is not a perfect solution, as it is not known how long it may be before that is possible.
“But there is no perfect solution to a dilemma of the present kind.”
However, home secretary, Priti Patel, said the Supreme Court’s judgement “reaffirmed the home secretary’s authority to make vital national security decisions”.
She added: “The government will always take the strongest possible action to protect our national security and our priority remains maintaining the safety and security of our citizens.”
Downing Street is said to be “pleased” with the decision.
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