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Shamima Begum denied chance to come back to UK to fight citizenship case by SC

Tanvi Sinha

The Supreme Court of United Kingdom’s declared that Shamima Begum would not be allowed to come back to the country to fight her case against the Home Office’s decision to restrict her citizenship.

 Ms. Begum, 21, is an ex-British National who had left Syria to join the Islamic State group whose citizenship was removed by the Home Office in Britain by then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid for national security reasons.

Last year in July, a court of Appeal in the UK stated it was only fair for her to come back to Britain to fight for her citizenship which was appealed by the Home office to the Supreme Court.

Lord Reed, judging the case in Supreme Court, on declared in favour of the government and said they were entitled to not allow Ms. Begum from returning to the UK and said that the right to a fair hearing did not come over the safety of the public.

However, the apex court has also said that her case against the government along with her appeal must be paused until they find some other way of her taking part in her hearing.

Ms. Begum had left Britain, born of two Bangladeshi parents, at 15 with two other schoolgirls, travelled via Turkey to Raqqa at an IS headquarter and married a Dutch recruit.

She was found nine months pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. The baby had later died of pneumonia and had lost two children before.

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