21 yr-old lady, Shamima Begum, who left UK at 15 to join Islamic group in Syria not allowed back in UK


A Supreme Court in the United Kingdom has barred Shamima Begum from returning to the Country.

A Supreme Court in the United Kingdom has barred Shamima Begum from returning to the Country.

Begum now 21 who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case.

Reports from BBC has it that the court said in a unanimous ruling that her rights were not breached when she was refused permission to return.

Ms Begum, 21, wants to come back to challenge the home secretary’s decision to remove her British nationality.

Currently, she is in a camp in northern Syria run by armed guards. When she and two other schoolgirls from East London left the UK in February 2015, Ms Shamima Begum was 15 and traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

In 2019, for reasons of national security, the then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, stripped Ms Begum of her citizenship.

The Court of Appeal ruled last July that the only reasonable way forward was to allow her to join the United Kingdom because she was unable to appeal successfully against the decision taken by the camp in northern Syria.

Subsequently, the Home Office appealed to the Supreme Court to review the decision of the Court of Appeal, claiming that allowing her to return to the United Kingdom “would generate substantial national security risks.”

Announcing the ruling, Lord Reed said: “The Supreme Court unanimously allows all of the home secretary’s appeals and dismisses Ms Begum’s cross-appeal.”

He said the Court of Appeal’s judgment “did not give the home secretary’s assessment the respect which it should have received” given the role’s “responsibility for making such assessments” and accountability to parliament.

Lord Reed added the Court of Appeal had “mistakenly believed that, when an individual’s right to have a fair hearing… came into conflict with the requirements of national security, her right to a fair hearing must prevail.

” He said the right to a fair hearing did “not trump all other considerations, such as the safety of the public”.


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