British Islamic State bride set to lose citizenship, lawyer says





London - The family of Shamima Begum, the British teenager who ran away to join Islamic State in Syria but now wants to return, have received a letter from the Home Office saying it intends to deprive her of her British citizenship, her lawyer said on Tuesday.



 
"Family are very dissapointed [sic] with the Home Office's intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship," Tasnime Akunjee said in a statement posted on Twitter.
"We are considering legal avenues to challenge this decision," he added.
Begum, now 19, left London as a schoolgirl in 2015 to join the terrorist group.
Begum, who gave birth to a baby boy at the weekend, told The Times last week that she wanted to return to Britain as she believed her baby would have a better future there.
On Friday, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the British government may try to prevent the London teenager from returning to Britain.
However, Justice Minister David Gauke said there could be legal problems if Begum's wish to return was rejected. He told Sky News that people should not be made stateless.

 


Tuesday, February 19th 2019
(dpa)
           


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