Shamima Begum ‘overjoyed’ to see family but ‘nervous’ about returning to UK

Shamima Begum ‘overjoyed’ to see family but ‘nervous’ about returning to UK
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Runaway Islamic State bride Shamima Begum is “nervous” about returning to the UK but “overjoyed” to see her family, according to a camp guard.

At an Appeal Court ruling earlier this week it was confirmed that Begum will be allowed to come back to the UK as part of a battle to regain her lost British citizenship.

Three senior judges said Begum should be allowed to return to try to win back her British citizenship.

A member of the security forces holding the 20-year-old at a north eastern Syrian refugee camp said Shamima is “happy” to be returning to Britain.

The guard said: “Shamima has been very happy since she got the news that she will be going home to Britain.

Shamima Begum travelled to Syria to join ISIS

Shamima Begum travelled to Syria to join ISIS

“She is in a good mood because she will see her family and her country again.

“She is also very nervous about what will happen to her and how people will look at her there.”

A camp administrator told  MailOnline Shamima does “nothing all day”.

They added: “She is just sitting in her tent, eating and sleeping and waiting to go home.”

The 20-year-old was filmed in Syria having ditched her Islamic dress and instead donning western clothes including jeans, a shirt and a blue hat

Ms Begum was one of three east London schoolgirls who left Britain and travelled to Syria via Turkey to join the terror group in February 2015.

She lived under Islamic State rule for more than three years before she was found, nine months pregnant, at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria in February last year. She told reporters she didn’t regret joining ISIS, but begged to be rescued and brought back to the UK.

Then home secretary  Sajid Javid  revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds later that month.

Ms Begum, whose three children were fathered by her since-captured ISIS fighter husband and all died.

(Left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group

There were fears Thursday’s ruling could open the door for other ISIS brides and fighters to make similar attempts to return to Britain.

It means the Government must find a way to allow Ms Begum to travel to the UK to appear in court in London despite insisting it would offer no assistance to rescue her from Syria.

Current plans are reportedly for the former ISIS bride to travel into neighbouring Iraq via a river crossing at Faysh Khabur. From there she will be taken to Erbil, where she will be flown back to Britain.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office, now led by Priti Patel, said after Thursday’s ruling was announced: “This is a very disappointing decision by the court.

Shamima said she wants the UK’s forgiveness

“We will now apply for permission to appeal this judgment, and to stay its effects pending any onward appeal.

“The government’s top priority remains maintaining our national security and keeping the public safe.”

Last September, Ms Patel insisted there is “no way” Ms Begum can return to the UK.

The Government is “bitterly disappointed” by the court’s ruling in the Shamima Begum case, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The Government’s priority is maintaining our national security, and decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are not taken lightly.

Ms Begum has lost three children while in Syria

Ms Begum has lost three children while in Syria

“We will always ensure the safety and security of the UK and will not allow anything to jeopardise this.”

Mr Javid tweeted he was “deeply concerned” by the judgment.

He said he respected the court and would limit how much he said about the case, but that there were important principles at stake.

“Any restrictions of rights and freedoms faced by Ms Begum are a direct consequence of the actions she has taken, in violation of both government guidance and common morality,” he said.

“It is not clear to me why an appeal could not be made abroad using modern technology.

“However, this is not solely a matter of justice. It is also a matter of national security.”

Mr Javid said: “First and most critically, allowing her – and indeed other terrorists – back into the UK to pursue an appeal would create a national security risk that cannot be fully mitigated, even with the diversion of significant resources.”

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