ISIS girlfriend Shamima Begum, the British woman who fled to Syria to join the terror group in 2015 and quickly married one of its fighters, lost her attempt on Friday to return to the UK to fight for the restoration of her citizenship. because it represents a security risk. .
A unanimous ruling by Britain’s Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeal decision last year, which held that Begum must be allowed to return so that he can have a fair appeal in his case.
“The right to a fair hearing does not prevail over all other considerations, such as the safety of the public,” said Robert Reed, Chief Justice, Reuters reported.
“If a vital public interest makes it impossible for a case to be heard fairly, then the courts normally cannot hear it,” he said, adding that Begum’s appeal should be stayed until he can play an effective role in the case without endanger the public.
“That is not a perfect solution, since it is not known how long it will be before it is possible. But there is no perfect solution to a dilemma of the current kind, ”he said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the ruling, his spokesman said, adding that the government’s priority was “maintaining our national security.”
UK-born Begum, 21, was 15 when she left with two other female students from Bethnal Green Academy in East London to join the terror group.
She married an ISIS fighter two weeks later and was living in Raqqa, the capital of the self-proclaimed caliphate. In 2019, Begum returned to a refugee camp in Syria, where three of her children died.
She told reporters that she wanted to go home, but former Interior Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her citizenship months later, and her national intelligence agency deemed her a security threat.
He argued that she was of Bangladeshi origin and that she could go there.
Begum is now in the Al-Roj refugee camp, run by Syrian Kurdish authorities, where UN rights experts said this month conditions were “subhuman”.
ITV News filmed her while she was walking through the camp, where she was wearing sunglasses, a jacket, a T-shirt and leggings. She declined to comment to the outlet.
Human rights groups said Britain had a duty to bring Begum and others in similar situations back, and prosecute them for any crimes they may have committed, rather than leaving them abroad.
“Abandoning them in a legal black hole, in conditions similar to those at Guantanamo, is out of step with British values and the interests of justice and security,” Maya Foa, director of the campaign group Reprieve, told Reuters.
With cable poles