ISIS bride Shamima Begum may be ready to mount a legal bid to reverse an appeals embargo as she continues to fight to be allowed back into the United Kingdom.
Shamima Begum was defeated yesterday in her legal fight to return for a court appeal over the stripping of her British citizenship, but Government sources understand her lawyers may seek to challenge this.
The highest court in the land yesterday delivered a stinging rebuff to the Court of Appeal, which last year cleared the way for Shamima Begum to come back to Britain after discovering she was refused a fair and effective appeal.
But Lord Reed, the president of the Supreme Court, ordered the appeal process should be delayed until Shamima Begum was in a position to play an effective part in it without the safety of the public being endangered.
This means that Shamima Begum is set to languish in the fetid al-Roj camp under the guard of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are said to forbid contact with lawyers. However, a news outlet reported that Government sources fear she may start a legal bid to force Britain to facilitate a court hearing that would be held remotely from the camp.
A source said that her appeal over her citizenship is in limbo until she can appear at a hearing.
The source said that they believe her lawyers will probably attempt to demonstrate that the Government has to provide the facilities to allow such a hearing to happen, but the reality is that she’s in a camp in northeast Syria which is very dangerous and has probably not got great phone reception, so how could they facilitate it?
According to a source, another way she could challenge yesterday’s Supreme court appeal embargo would be to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Shamima Begum, wearing sunglasses, leggings and white trainers, declined to comment to reporters at the al-Roj refugee camp in Syria following yesterday’s decision.
The 21-year-old was said to have been in tears in her tent following the decision, and Mamdoh Abdalla, a Kurdish translator at the camp said she was furious and wept after getting the news.
She continued that Shamima did not talk to them, was in her tent, and that she did not talk to anyone or any other reporter.
The Supreme Court collectively ruled in favour of the Government and said Shamima Begum could not come back to the United Kingdom for a court case to reclaim her British passport for the safety of the public.
Not many people would feel safe if this young woman was to come back to the United Kingdom. However, we have a huge knife crime problem in the United Kingdom, and many are youths that are being enticed and groomed into joining gangs of one sort or another.
These gangs are perpetrating terrible offences, should they also have their citizenship removed and shipped off somewhere?
As a UK citizen Shamima Begum is entitled to legal aid until she’s been officially rubber-stamped that she’s no longer a UK citizen, then until that time, she’s entitled, and she will probably win in the end because the law states that she can’t remain stateless.
If she’s forced to return, then potentially it’s a death sentence, and legally we can’t allow that because if we did, then that would only make us as bad as she’s been, and if she’s allowed her citizenship back and returns to the United Kingdom, then a prison sentence for her punishment because you can never tell if she’s reformed or not.