Asian Journal

British-bangladesh­i IS bride stripped of UK citizenshi­p

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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.

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