Shamima Begum: Dad says ‘she doesn’t deserve to come back to Britain’

British IS teen calls for'mercy

"I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart, you know".

The UK government on Wednesday stripped the British citizenship of Shamima who fled to join the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria in 2015 and married an Islamist extremist.

Begum said that when she arrived in Raqqa, she went to a house for brides-to-be and "applied to marry an English-speaking fighter between 20 and 25 years old".

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph from the al-Hol camp in Syria, Ms Begum said: "They are making an example of me".

"I'm sorry to be so upset", she said.

Her family have written to the Home Secretary asking for his help to bring her newborn son to Britain.

Still upset, Rebecca said: "Of course, for the first hour when this story broke I felt furious and didn't like what she said".

In a Sky television interview, Begum said she had lost two children and would not want anything bad to happen to her third child.

Since then, she's given several interviews with media in a bid to return to Britain with her newborn baby son.

In a letter to Sajid Javid they said the boy should not "lose the privilege" of being raised here. They also say they plan to challenge Javid's decision to revoke Begum's British citizenship.

It was speculated that Ms Begum, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, may have citizenship there but Bangladesh's minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam denied this.

The Bangladeshi government said there was "no question" of her being allowed to enter, and there is legal argument about whether simply having Bangaldeshi parents bestows citizenship.

"But I think the idea of stripping somebody of their citizenship when they were born in Britain is a very extreme manoeuvre indeed".

Asked about the situation on ITV's Peston, Mr Javid said: "I'm not going to talk about an individual, but I can be clear on the point that I would not take a decision and I believe none of my predecessors ever have taken a decision that at the point the decision is taken would leave that individual stateless".

The family argued that it made "every fathomable effort" to prevent her from joining ISIS, which it called a "murderous and misogynistic cult". Now, she wants to come home.

"We would really like to know from Sajid Javid what practical steps he would take to assist a four- or five-day-old British citizen in hard circumstances to come back to the United Kingdom", said Akunjee.

Meanwhile, doubts have been cast on the way the Home Office carried out the removal of Begum's citizenship - with legal experts claiming it could be viewed as "racist" unless the Home Secretary also acted in the same way towards white British Isis recruits.

Shamima Begum spoke to British reporters in a Syrian refugee camp after escaping from the battlefield that she travelled to with two other girls, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, in February 2015, but Ms Sultana was reported killed two years ago.

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