First stage of Shamima Begum’s citizenship appeal has gone against her. Good or bad?

Last Updated: February 8, 2020By Tags: , , , , , ,

Shamima Begum: Citizenship revoked.

A semi-secret court has ruled that Shamima Begum should not have her UK citizenship returned to her.

Ms Begum has proved extremely divisive among some members of the community.

She was enticed abroad to join Islamic State, aged just 15, and married a Dutch IS fighter – with whom she had three children. They have all died.

After IS largely collapsed, she found herself in a refugee camp and appealed for the UK’s government to return her to this country, so she could rely on the National Health Service to care for her and her last child.

But then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid instead stripped her of her UK citizenship, citing the now-20-year-old’s still-apparent enthusiasm for the bloodthirsty regime she fled the country to join.

Some said she had been groomed and did not know what she was doing; some said she knew exactly what she was about.

Now the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), a semi-secret court that hears national security cases, has ruled that Mr Javid was right and Ms Begum could appeal for citizenship to Bangladesh, to which she may have a claim to nationality through her mother.

So what do you think – right or wrong?

Source: Shamima Begum loses first stage of appeal over citizenship – BBC News

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  1. SteveH February 8, 2020 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Mike – You should have set up a live Yes/No poll as part of the above article.

    • Mike Sivier February 10, 2020 at 1:53 am - Reply

      I wanted comments.

  2. Joanna Woolston February 9, 2020 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Just because she was legally underage she still knew what she was doing, she even stole money from her parents to make the journey, leave her there!!!

    • Martin Odoni February 11, 2020 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Did you get to speak to her then? What did she tell you? Did she explain to you what her ideals were? Did she discuss with you her relationship with her husband? Did she reveal to you plans for future ISIS attacks, in which case, why didn’t you tell everyone?

      And if you didn’t speak to her, how the blazes would you know whether she knew what she was doing?

  3. Martin Odoni February 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I would say technically right from a letter-of-the-law standpoint, but in every other sense wrong. She really was just a minor, and is there any need to be so merciless and unforgiving to her? In the final analysis, she moved overseas to become a housewife. Okay, a housewife to a militant, but does that really put her beyond redemption?

    I very much doubt that if she were white there would be the same degree of animosity.

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