Shamima Begum loses court appeal – ISIS bride cannot return to UK

Shamima Begum has lost her legal challenge over the decision to deprive her of her British citizenship and will not be allowed back to the UK.

The ISIS bride was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join ISIS in February 2015.

Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds in February 2019.

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The 23-year-old has been locked in a legal battle ever since, recently challenging the Home Office at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission over the decision by claiming she was a child trafficking victim.

But the tribunal dismissed her challenge today, ruling that while there was a ‘credible suspicion’ that Ms Begum was trafficked to Syria for this was not enough for appeal to succeed.

Mr Justice Jay added that whether she posed a threat to national security was a decision for politicians, not the courts. But Begum’s Lawyers vowed to appeal the ruling.

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