British-bangladeshi IS bride stripped of UK citizenship
London: Shamima Begum, a British teenager of Bangladeshi descent who ran away in 2015 to become an Islamic State (IS) jihadi bride, has been stripped of her UK citizenship, a move she called “unjust” and “hard to swallow”. An official Home Office letter on the decision was delivered to Begum’s family on Tuesday, ITV News reported. Her family members said they plan to challenge the government’s decision.
The government’s decision came after Begum showed no remorse for joining the terror group and likened the deaths of 22 people in the Manchester Arena terror attack to the civilians being bombed in the IS territory.“please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship,” the letter read. “In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary’s decision has been served of file today (February 19), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.”the letter went on to urge Begum’s family to make her aware of the decision, but added that she had a right to appeal.
The BBC cited government officials as saying that it was possible to revoke her UK nationality as she was eligible for citizenship elsewhere. Her parents are Bangladeshi nationals which means under Bangladesh law Begum would be too, they said.