Shamima Begum

British-born woman who joined Islamic state loses appeal over citizenship removal

British-born woman who joined Islamic state loses appeal over citizenship removal
A British biometric European Union passport is shown during a news briefing at the British Embassy October 24, 2005 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State lost her latest appeal on Friday over the removal of her British citizenship.

The British government took away Shamima Begum’s citizenship on national security grounds in 2019, shortly after she was found in a detention camp in Syria.

Begum, now 24, argued the decision was unlawful, in part because British officials failed to properly consider whether she was a victim of trafficking, an argument that was rejected by a lower court in February 2023.

The Court of Appeal in London rejected her appeal on Friday following an appeal in October.

Judge Sue Carr said: “It could be argued that the decision in Ms Begum’s case was harsh. It could also be argued that Ms Begum is the author of her own misfortune.

“But it is not for this court to agree or disagree with either point of view. Our only task is to assess whether the deprivation decision was unlawful.

“We have concluded it was not and the appeal is dismissed.”

(Reporting by Sam Tobin, editing by William James)


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  • Beyond Fedup says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! Great news and 100% deserved. These odious extremists who believe in wholesale of murder innocents and hate everything and everybody who is not their own, deserve to be sent packing to the shithole countries that they idolize. They want to live in the comfort and trappings of the West but hate everything about it and are sworn to destroy it. Nothing but a fifth column in our midst, waiting to be activated.

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