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Court Of Appeal Rules Shamima Begum ‘Can Return To UK To Fight Citizenship’

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK and fight for her citizenship, according to reports. 
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The Court of Appeal has ruled that Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK and fight for her citizenship, according to reports. 

The now 20-year-old, who reportedly joined ISIS back in 2015, has been told there may be a way for her to fight for her case in London.

Begum’s solicitor, Daniel Furner, said: “Ms Begum has never had a fair opportunity to give her side of the story.

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The Court of Appeal has ruled that Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK and fight for her citizenship, according to reports. Credit: BBC via YouTube

“She is not afraid of facing British justice, she welcomes it. But the stripping of her citizenship without a chance to clear her name is not justice, it is the opposite.”

Apparently, the Home Office found the decision for her British citizenship to be revoked ‘very disappointing’ and said an ‘appeal’ would be made.

Begum’s legal team has also argued it’s ‘unlawful,’ and have reportedly provided three reasons why.

Firstly, they’ve argued that it has made her ‘stateless,’ it’s exposed her to risks of death in Syria, and it’s also difficult for her case to be fought when she’s not even in the country.

After hearing her citizenship had been stripped, Begum told ABC News that her ‘whole world fell apart’.

She said: “I kind of saw it coming because I did do my research just before I came out. I thought I would be a bit different because I had not done anything wrong before I came to ISIS.

“When my citizenship got rejected, I felt like my whole world fell apart right in front of me.

“You know, especially the way I was told. I wasn’t even told by a government official. I had to be told by journalists.”

When Begum was 15 years old, she reportedly made the decision to leave the UK, alongside two other friends.

She ended up in Syria and married a Dutch convert recruit. Together, they had three children, who have all now passed away.

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