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See you in court! Defiant family of ISIS bride Shamima Begum say Sajid Javid's bid to strip her of UK citizenship is ILLEGAL as it would leave her stateless

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 19/02/2019 Amie Gordon and Miranda Aldersley For Mailonline

a person posing for the camera © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited ISIS bride Shamima Begum's family vowed to take Home Secretary Sajid Javid to court saying his decision to strip her of her British citizenship is illegal. 

Mr Javid sent Shamima's family a letter declaring he had taken the decision to ensure the 19-year-old would never be allowed back into Britain after she fled to join Islamic State.

As international law forbids leaving people 'stateless', the Home Office appeared to rely on Shamima's mother being born in Bangladesh meaning the daughter would qualify for dual citizenship.

a close up of text on a white background: The letter obtained by ITV News asks Begum's family to inform her of the decision to revoke her citizenship and her right to appeal it © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The letter obtained by ITV News asks Begum's family to inform her of the decision to revoke her citizenship and her right to appeal it But family solicitor Tasnime Akunjee said Shamima was not currently a Bangladeshi citizen, adding he was 'surprised' Mr Javid had come to his conclusion. He said the family will 'consider all legal avenues to challenge this decision' in response.

The family, from Bethnal Green in east London, were notified via a letter saying Home Secretary Mr Javid had started the process that will see Begum permanently banned from the UK.

The family are 'very disappointed' by Mr Javid's decision, according to statement by Mr Akunjee.   

The Home Office letter asks that they pass on the decision - including that she has a right to appeal it - to Begum, who left their home in 2015 when she ran away with two school friends to join ISIS.

She is now stranded in a refugee camp in Syria as the so-called caliphate crumbles.

'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 reads.

a woman standing in front of a building: Shamima is pictured walking through Gatwick Airport on February 17 2015 as she left the UK  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Shamima is pictured walking through Gatwick Airport on February 17 2015 as she left the UK  'In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary's decision has been served of file on Tuesday, and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.'

Only last week Britain's MI6 chief said that UK nationals, even those who are members of terror organisations like ISIS, have a legal right to return home.  

Government guidance from 2017 states that the Home Secretary has the power to order the deprivation if it would be 'conducive to the public good', as long as they are not left without any citizenship. 

A Home Office spokesman said he could not discuss individual cases, but added: 'We don't leave people stateless.'

a person with hat: ISIS bride Shamima Begum has had her citizenship revoked according to a letter from the Home Office to her family © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited ISIS bride Shamima Begum has had her citizenship revoked according to a letter from the Home Office to her family Mr Javid on Monday told the House of Commons: 'The powers available to me include banning non-British people from this country and stripping dangerous dual nationals of their British citizenship.' 

Over 100 people have already been deprived in this way.

What will happen to Begum's new born son, however, remains unclear.

He was born before his mother was deprived of citizenship - meaning he is still legally British. 

And while theoretically he could also have his citizenship revoked, the government would need to show he himself posed a threat.   

Begum's first two children both died of unknown illnesses under ISIS.

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey accused Mr Javid of ‘an abdication of responsibility’ by ‘palming off’ Begum on to another country. 

‘The UK has more than enough terrorism laws to prosecute Shamima Begum here,’ he said.

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Meanwhile Conservative chair of the Commons Education Committee, Robert Halfon, who had spoken out against allowing Begum to return, said in a tweet that Mr Javid had made 'absolutely the right decision'. 

The move comes after Begum returned to the public eye when she was found heavily pregnant living in a refugee camp in northern Syria.

She gave birth to a boy over the weekend, having already lost two children, and made pleas for forgiveness and to be accepted back in the UK.  

Earlier on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the 19-year-old could expect to be 'spoken to' if she comes back to Britain.

The initial police stance when Ms Begum left the UK in 2015 was that she may be treated as a victim of grooming, but the Scotland Yard chief said: 'We're a long way down the road since then.'

She added: 'If she does, under whatever circumstances, arrive at our borders, somebody in her type of circumstances could expect, of course, to be spoken to and, if there is the appropriate necessity, to be potentially arrested and certainly investigated.

'If that results in sufficient evidence for a prosecution then it will result in sufficient evidence for a prosecution.

'The officers will deal with whatever they are confronted with.'

On Monday in an interview with the BBC Ms Begum compared the Manchester Arena bombing to military strikes on Isis strongholds, calling the terror attack 'retaliation'.

There are currently plans to change the law to make travelling to certain terror hotspots a criminal offence, but this would not apply retrospectively to Ms Begum.

Around 425 suspected jihadi fighters are thought to have returned to the UK from Syria so far.

Before Tuesday's decision, the Home Secretary had already hinted that he would block Begum from returning to the UK.

Earlier this week Mr Javid told MPs that no British troops would be used to rescue any Britons who travelled to Syria to support terrorism.  

He said more than 900 people went to Syria or Iraq, adding: 'Whatever role they took in the so-called caliphate, they all supported a terrorist organisation and in doing so they have shown they hate our country and the values we stand for.'

a person posing for the camera: Shamima Begum, 19 (pictured before she left the country four years ago) is pleading with the government to allow her back into Britain  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Shamima Begum, 19 (pictured before she left the country four years ago) is pleading with the government to allow her back into Britain  He went on: 'Now this so-called caliphate is crumbling, some of them want to return and I have been very clear where I can and where any threat remains I will not hesitate to prevent this.

'The powers available to me include banning non-British people from this country and stripping dangerous dual nationals of their British citizenship.'

Begum later told ITV News she did not see why the Home Secretary would see her as a threat.

'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.

'He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in ISIS, that's it.' 

Ms Dick said: 'This case and other cases that are talked about in the same sentences just really underline how awful the circumstances are and have been in Syria and just how dangerous it has been, and would continue to be, for anybody from this country to think of travelling there.

'Dangerous physically and dangerous legally.

'If there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution it is our job to look at the threat they pose if they are returning from Syria and we do that with every single person who comes back from Syria and then manage the risk with colleagues in the (security and intelligence) agencies.'

Begum ran away to marry an ISIS fighter four years ago - but now wants to return to the UK after the terror group's so-called 'caliphate' crumbled into dust.

The young mother also shrugged off the murders of British terror victims in an interview as she claimed they were 'retaliation' for the war being fought against ISIS. 

On Monday Begum told the BBC's Quentin Sommerville that she's prepared to be jailed, was a 'poster girl' for the group and still has 'sympathy' for IS. 

Mr Sommerville said she had 'little to offer' in apology to the millions of Iraqis and Syrians whose lives were destroyed by Isis.

The BBC's Middle East correspondent added that when she was asked about the treatment of Yazidi women by Isis, she said: 'Shia do the same in Iraq.'

The campaign by Begum's family to have her returned to Britain sparked fresh controversy on Monday when the lawyer representing them, Tasnime Akunjee, compared the radicalised youngster to a 'traumatised'  First World War soldier in a TV interview. 

When Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley insisted she doesn't look very traumatised, Mr Akunjee replied: 'You might have said the same thing about a First World War soldier in the middle of shell-shock... they are both [in] warzones.'

It also emerged that Begum has called her son Jerah, in what historians have interpreted as a reference to Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, a 7th century Islamic warlord.   

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