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Jeremy Corbyn: Shamima Begun should return to United Kingdom to 'answer questions'

22 February 2019

Jeremy Corbyn said the 19-year-old who ran away to Syria had a "right to return to Britain" and revoking her citizenship was "extreme".

The 19-year-old was hoping to get back with her Dutch husband and move to his home country after being stripped of her British citizenship. It's a bit upsetting and frustrating. I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked.

Colin Yeo, an immigration and nationality barrister at Garden Court Chambers, said that the government's "notice of intention" to deprive Begum of her citizenship doesn't actually kick in until she has had a chance to appeal. Asked whether she could change or be rehabilitated, she said: "I am willing to change".

Shamima Begum's fate has stirred controversy since she and two friends fled London to join the terror network four years ago when she was aged just 15.

I don't think they are allowed to do that.

Experts with knowledge of the British and Bangladeshi legal systems are divided on whether the Home Office's action is legal. "They turned their back on this country to support a group that butchered and beheaded innocent civilians, including British citizens".

When someone turns their back on fundamental values and supports terror, they do not have an automatic right to return to the UK.

However he hinted that Begum's newborn son could be treated differently.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on Wednesday: "Children should not suffer, so if a parent loses their British citizenship it does not affect the rights of their child".

Begum gave birth to her third child at the weekend, and appealed to British authorities to show "compassion" by allowing her to raise the baby in Britain - while expressing no regret over having joined IS.

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But, Maria from Walthamstow said she agreed with the Labour chief.

The ministry added it was "deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom".

It is thought Ms Begum could be a Bangladeshi citizen because she was born to a mother believed to be Bangladeshi. "So essentially, she has no contact with Bangladesh", he said.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has signalled she could be arrested and investigated if she returns to Britain. She has "no way of benefiting or asserting that citizenship", he said.

Begum is now in a refugee camp in northeast Syria where she fled to escape fighting in the east of the country along with hundreds of other people with links to ISIS.

She said she had previously given birth to two other children after marrying in Syria. "The internet is a big issue here because with the internet, you bypass all the family members and you go straight to the child", he said.

While responding, Begum who is seeking to return to Britain, called the British government move "hard to swallow", the CNN reported.

Lord Carlile, a former reviewer of terrorism legislation, said: 'The test will be of reasonableness and proportionality so she would have to establish that the Home Secretary acted in an entirely disproportionate way in removing her nationality'.

"That's the legal position and we are a country of laws".

Jeremy Corbyn: Shamima Begun should return to United Kingdom to 'answer questions'