United Kingdom can not make Islamic State bride stateless, justice secretary admits

United Kingdom can not make Islamic State bride stateless, justice secretary admits

Begum who is now living in Al-Hol refugee camp - al-Hawl - told the Times she did not regret leaving her home in East London but understands she faces an investigation upon her return.

"They take care of you. you're living under Islamic law".

She also said she had been taken to hospital after having contractions following her arrival at the refugee camp, and could give birth "any day".

She is pregnant and told a journalist from The Times newspaper this week that she wants to be allowed to return home.

Her case has been the subject of intense debate over what should happen to the teenager.

The 19-year-old pleaded to be allowed to return to the United Kingdom with her then-unborn child last week.

Earlier, Mohammed Tasnime Akunjee, a lawyer for Ms Begum's family, told Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "They are obviously very happy and joyous that Shamima has successfully given birth and that she's healthy".

The fresh focus on the case came as Britain's government appeared divided on how to respond to demands from US President Donald Trump that European nations take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria. "This is the hardest of news to bear", the statement read.

"The welfare of Shamima's unborn baby is of paramount concern to our family, and we will do everything within our power to protect that baby, who is entirely blameless in these events", the family had said.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said she could face charges on return.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Javid said: "As a father I feel compassion for anyone born or brought into a conflict zone".

"As yet we have not had direct contact with Shamima, we are hoping to establish communications with her soon so that we can verify the above".

And the parents of Aqsa Mahmood, who left Glasgow to travel to IS-held territory in 2013, said they would rather "see their daughter behind bars in Scotland than dead on a battlefield".

Her family said her unborn child had "every right as a total innocent to have the chance to grow up in the peace and security of this home".

"Any investigation is carried out with an open mind and based on the evidence available", he said.

"Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing".

British girl Shamina Begum. I never made propaganda.

"There are consular services elsewhere in the region and the strong message this government has given for many years is actions have consequences".

He added: "Based on the interview that I heard, she, at this moment in time, is not somebody who thinks she needs to be de-radicalised therefore it's going to be a challenge for whoever does it".

Meanwhile, Richard Barrett, a former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6, suggested it would be "unreasonable" to expect the Syrian Defence Force to look after her indefinitely.

Sky sources say it is only thought to be a small number but there could be more British nationals who have yet to be identified.

She was one of a group of schoolgirls from London's Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to the country to marry ISIS fighters in 2015.

Kadiza Sultana was reported to have been killed in an airstrike in 2016.

She told Sky News on Sunday that she lived as a housewife since 15 while she was married to a Dutch ISIS fighter and insisted she "never did anything unsafe".

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