Shamima Begum case

Shamima Begum case goes to Court of Appeal

Shamima Begum
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Shamima Begum is set to appeal against a ruling that she cannot return to the UK to challenge the removal of her British citizenship.

Ms Begum was one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join so-called Islamic State (IS) in February 2015 and lived under IS rule for more than three years.

She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year, prompting then home secretary Sajid Javid to revoke her British citizenship later that month.

Last year, Ms Begum took legal action against the Home Office at the High Court and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), a specialist tribunal which hears challenges to decisions to remove someone's British citizenship on national security grounds.

In February 2019, SIAC ruled the decision to revoke Ms Begum's British citizenship did not render her stateless and was therefore lawful, as she was "a citizen of Bangladesh by descent" at the time of the decision.

A decision to revoke someone's British citizenship is lawful only if an individual is entitled to citizenship of another country.

Legal challenge over removal of Shamima Begum's citizenship

Shamima Begum
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Ms Begum was 15 and living in Bethnal Green when she left the UK in 2015

Shamima Begum - the east London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join so-called Islamic State - is set to begin her legal challenge over the removal of her British citizenship.

Ms Begum, now 20, left the UK in 2015 and was found in a Syrian refugee camp in February after living under IS rule for more than three years.

Former home secretary Sajid Javid revoked the teenager's citizenship later that month, prompting her family to take legal action against the Home Office in a bid to overturn the decision.

This morning, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), a specialist court which hears challenges to decisions to remove someone's British citizenship on national security grounds, will hold a four-day preliminary hearing in London.

Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing is expected to deal with, among other things, whether depriving Ms Begum of her British citizenship rendered her stateless and was therefore unlawful.

Individuals appealing to SIAC usually remain anonymous, however it is understood that Ms Begum has waived her right to anonymity.

Ms Begum, then aged 15, was one of three schoolgirls - along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase - from Bethnal Green Academy who left their homes and families in February 2015 to join a fourth Bethnal Green schoolgirl, Sharmeena Begum, who had left London in 2014, in Syria.

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