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UK govt wins bid for Supreme Court to listen to Shamima Begum’s citizenship case

Shamima Begum, 20, will return to Britain to pursue her attraction. — AFP

LONDON: The UK authorities on Friday gained a bid for the Supreme Court to determine if a lady stripped of her citizenship after becoming a member of the Daesh militant group in Syria can return to struggle the choice.

The inside ministry efficiently appealed a decrease court docket ruling this month which might have allowed Shamima Begum, 20, to return to Britain to pursue her attraction.

Begum, 20, who’s presently marooned in a Syrian refugee camp, misplaced the primary stage of her case in regards to the legality of the federal government’s resolution on the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in February.

However, the tribunal additionally dominated she couldn’t have a “fair and effective appeal” or play “any meaningful part” within the course of, as she was dwelling in a Syrian refugee camp.

Three senior judges on the Court of Appeal upheld that SIAC ruling on July 16, concluding Begum must be allowed to return to Britain for the authorized problem.

They dominated “fairness and justice” outweighed any nationwide safety considerations, which “could be addressed and managed if she returns”.

But choose Eleanor King, one in every of that trio, stated at a distant listening to Friday that the nation’s highest court docket ought to now contemplate a case that raised “points of law of general public importance”.

Begum was 15 when she and two different schoolgirls from Bethnal Green in east London left residence to hitch the militant group on February 17, 2015.

She claims she married a Dutch convert quickly after arriving in Daesh-held territory. She was found, 9 months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February final 12 months.

Her new child child died quickly after she gave start. Two of her different kids additionally died underneath Daesh rule.

The then-home secretary, Sajid Javid, annulled Begum’s British citizenship on nationwide safety grounds after an outcry led by right-wing media.

That prompted her to take authorized motion, arguing the choice was illegal, made her stateless and uncovered her to the danger of dying or inhuman and degrading remedy.

British-born Begum is of Bangladeshi heritage. But Bangladesh’s overseas minister has stated he wouldn’t contemplate granting her citizenship.

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