Shamima Begum has United Kingdom citizenship revoked by British government, ITV News learns

Shamima Begum has United Kingdom citizenship revoked by British government, ITV News learns

Shamima Begum has United Kingdom citizenship revoked by British government, ITV News learns

"Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship", it read.

The family's lawyer Mohammed Tasnime Akunjee told Radio 4's The World This Weekend that the family were informed about the birth in a phone call from a translator at the camp and that they had mixed feelings about it.

The family's lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health.

Shamima Begum's family put out a statement saying they were "very disappointed" with the Home Office's order and were "considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision".

Miss Begum, now nine months pregnant with her third child, told The Times in an interview that she has "no regrets" about joining the caliphate and described how seeing the severed head of a hostage dumped in a bin "didn't faze me at all".

The British government has the power to remove citizenship on national-security grounds, though not if it would make the individual stateless.

Ms Begum left east London, with two school friends, in February 2015, creating worldwide headlines.

"We must remember that those who left Britain to join Daesh were full of hate for our country".

The Home Office has declined to comment further on the letter.


The 19-year-old spoke to British reporters in Syria earlier in the week, where she made her plea for Britain to help her return home to have her child. "My message is clear-if you have supported terrorist organizations overseas I will not hesitate to prevent your return".

Meanwhile, Richard Barrett, a former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6, suggested it would be "unreasonable" to expect the Syrian Defence Force to look after her indefinitely.

Richard Barrett described Shamima as a "teenager who went badly off the rails", and said the British society should be strong enough to reabsorb her; despite Shamima's apparent lack of remorse.

"In recent days the Home Secretary has clearly stated that his priority is the safety and security of Britain and the people who live here", a spokesman said.

But authorities could prosecute her or issue a special security notice that would see her detained on arrival at a United Kingdom airport.

Any hopes of a rescue mission by British officials were also swiftly quashed on Thursday as the Government ruled out an effort inside Syria to assist Ms Begum.

"I feel she needs a chance, maybe to explain what was going on and maybe we can understand a bit more how they got to her and how she thought it was the right move", he said.

This is a still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on February 23, 2015, of 15-year-old Amira Abase, left, Kadiza Sultana, 16, center, and Shamima Begum, 15, going through Gatwick airport, south of London, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Feb 17, 2015.

Shamima Begum said she had recently heard second-hand that the other two girls may still be alive.

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