Shamima Begum UK legal action, family plans to battle the Home.
The Bethnal Green family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said they are considering “all legal avenues” following the government’s bombshell move. Begum, 19, ran off with two school pals in February, 2015 to join the terrorist group’s so-called caliphate in Syria when she was aged 15. Terrorist-supporter Begum gave birth to a baby boy in a refugee camp last weekend and is now begging to return to Britain.
But the Home Office informed Begum’s family she has now lost her British citizenship, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid branding the teenager a member of a “death cult”.
Mr Akunjee said Begum’s family is “very disappointed” by Mr Javid’s decision, which was revealed in a letter to the family this week.
The Home Office letter read: “Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship.
“In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary’s decision has been served of file today (19th February), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.”
The Home Secretary can deprive a British citizen of their nationality if it is “conducive to the public good” and it is proved they have dual nationality.
Begum could be stripped of the British nationality if she also holds Bangladeshi citizenship.
But she has denied ever having a Bangladeshi passport and claimed she had never been to the country.
Mr Akunjee said: “Our position is that to all practical purposes she has been made stateless.”
Begum boasted she had a “good time” in Syria, where she admitted seeing severed heads“didn’t faze me at all”.
She admitted she didn’t regret joining ISIS and claimed she was “a housewife”.
On Monday, Mr Javid told the House of Commons: “Whatever role they took, they all supported a terrorist organisation and in doing so they showed they hate our country and the values they stand for.
“This is a death cult, which has enslaved and raped thousands of yazidi girls.
“They celebrate attacks on our shores, including the tragic Manchester bombing which targetted young girls.”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick believes Begum could be arrested and investigated if she returns to the UK.
Ms Dick dismissed suggestions she could be treated as a victim of grooming, claiming: “We’re a long way down the road since then.”