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ISIS bride Shamima Begum 'has UK citizenship revoked by British government'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/02/2019 Ella Wills
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ISIS bride Shamima Begum has reportedly had her British citizenship revoked, according to documents obtained by ITV News.

The teen's family was told in a letter from the Home Office on Tuesday.

"Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship," the letter read.

"In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary's decision has been served of file today (19th February), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made."

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The letter urged Ms Begum's family to make her aware of the decision and said she had a right to appeal.

Ms Begum fled her east London home aged 15 to travel to Syria to support IS, but now wishes to return home for the sake of her third child, who was born at the weekend. Her two older children have died.

On Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the teenager could be arrested and investigated if she returns to the UK.

a woman standing in front of a tiled wall: Shamima Begum pictured at Gatwick Airport in February 2015 (EPA) © Provided by Local News RSS EN-GB Shamima Begum pictured at Gatwick Airport in February 2015 (EPA) Speaking to ITV on Monday, Ms Begum insisted she was "not a threat" to the UK. 

"I'm a 19-year-old girl with a new born baby. I don't have any weapons; I don't want to hurt anyone even if I did have weapons or anything," she said.


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"He [Home Secretary Sajid Javid] has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in ISIS, that's it.

"I don't know how I would be seen as a danger. I'm not going to go back and promote people to go to ISIS or anything, if anything I'm going to encourage them not to go because it's not all it seems in their videos.

"I do regret it because when I went I thought I was going to make a family and I didn't realise what the things they were doing that they weren't showing in their propaganda videos, and I actually do regret it, I do feel bad for anyone who was affected by the actions of ISIS."

The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.


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