A woman who lost her British nationality after joining the Islamic State group said on Wednesday she would be ready to return to face terrorism charges so she can prove her innocence.
Shamima Begum was 15 when she traveled from her home in London in 2015 with two classmates to Syria, where she married an IS fighter and had three children.
Nicknamed “the wife of ISIS,” she was stripped of her British nationality after a right-wing media scandal when she was found by journalists in a displacement camp in 2019 and defended jihadists.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court rejected his permission on public safety grounds to return to Britain to challenge the government’s decision.
But she denied being directly involved in the preparation of acts of terror.
“I am ready to go to court and face the people who made these allegations and refute them because I know I did nothing in ISIS other than being a mother and a wife,” he said. she declared.
“These claims are made to make me look worse because the government has nothing on me. There is no evidence because nothing ever happened,” she told ITV.
Begum, now 22, said the only crime she had committed was “being stupid enough to join ISIS,” and asked forgiveness from anyone who had lost loved ones to extremists.
“I’m so sorry if I ever offended anyone by coming here, if I ever offended anyone by what I said,” Begum said, wearing a baseball cap and tank top, since Syria.
Lawyers for Begum, whose father is Bangladeshi, have accused Britain of racism in its treatment of him, accusing the government of making him a scapegoat.
They declared that she was “a child victim of trafficking and remained in Syria for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced marriage” and the government’s actions left her stateless.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister said he would not consider granting him nationality.
Some 900 people are estimated to have traveled from Britain to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, creating a legal headache for UK authorities now that the conflict is over.
About 150 have reportedly been stripped of their citizenship.
Begum, whose three children conceived after arriving in Syria have all died, was first seen in 2019 wearing a black hijab and said she has no regrets about being in Syria.
But she has since been seen in Western clothing and has expressed remorse for her actions and sympathy for the victims of ISIS.
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