UK Supreme court rejects Shamima's legal bid to return

Shamima Begum: IS bride should not be allowed to return to the UK to fight citizenship decision, court rules

In 2019, Begum told The Times that she did not regret her travel to Syria and that she was "not at all bothered" seeing a severed head in a trash can.

The young woman is now detained in an ISIS camp run by the Kurds in Syria, her husband is imprisoned in that country and her three children have died.

Shamima Begum, the so-called "girlfriend of ISIS" who was stripped of her British citizenship for joining a jihadi group in Syria as a teenager in the Islamic State, will be ruled by the British Supreme Court in this country (02.26.2021).

The UK's Court of Appeal previously agreed she could only have a fair appeal of that decision if she were allowed back into the country.

Friday's Supreme Court ruling could have huge significance for the government, which has revoked the citizenship of about 150 British nationals on grounds of national security.

"If a vital public interest - in this case, the safety of the public - makes it impossible for a case to be fairly heard, then the courts can not ordinarily hear it", the Supreme Court judges concluded.

Begum argued that the decision was unlawful as it has made her stateless and exposed her to the risk of death or inhuman and degrading treatment.

The Home Office challenged that decision at the Supreme Court in November, arguing that allowing her to return to the United Kingdom "would create significant national security risks" and expose the public to "an increased risk of terrorism".

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Ms Begum then challenged the Home Office's decision to remove her citizenship.

Five judges at the Supreme Court gave a unanimous decision in the case of Shamima Begum, whose legal battles have come to be seen as a test of how Britain treat nationals who joined the jihadists.

According to Reed, the Court of Appeal was mistaken in ruling that Begum's right to a fair hearing should prevail over other competing rights.

Citizenship-stripping powers targeted at naturalised citizens on disloyalty grounds had largely fallen into disuse prior to 2002, when the government introduced new powers in an attempt to revoke the citizenship of Abu Hamza, an Egypt-born cleric subsequently convicted of terrorism in the US. In 2019 the Home Secretary stripped her of her citizenship, a decision her lawyers have sought to challenge.

Bangladesh has said it will not allow Begum entry and that she has no rights to the country's citizenship.

Shamima Begum (left) pictured holding her baby son. She was discovered, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

She had already lost two children and the third died shortly after being born.

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