A court has been told Shamima Begum’s school and the police both ‘missed opportunities’ before the then-schoolgirl travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State.
Questions should have been asked whether 'steps could and should have been taken' by authorities.
London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join IS in February 2015.Shamima Begum She was captured following the collapse of ISIS in January 2018 and taken to the al-Hawl detention camp, before being transferred to the al-Roj camp, where she has disavowed the terrorist group and said she wants to return home.Ms Begum is challenging the Home Office's decision to remove her British citizenship, with her lawyers arguing that the department had a legal duty to investigate whether the then-teenager was a victim of trafficking when the decision was made.Image: Shamima Begum married an older ISIS fighter from the Netherlands "Importantly victims should not be punished for actions as a result of their exploitation," she added.
Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.In the years since, she has been the centre of a row over her rights.Advertisement Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 3:44 'I didn't hate Britain, I hated my life' - Begum Begum was 'cynically recruited and groomed' Her lawyers also said Ms Begum was"cynically recruited and groomed" by ISIS so that she could be married off to an older man within days of arrival in their territory.Ms Begum, now 23, is challenging the Home Office’s decision to remove her British citizenship, with her lawyers arguing that the department had a legal duty to investigate whether she was a victim of trafficking when the decision was made.Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.Today, Samantha Knights KC, for Ms Begum said: ‘In this case we say there were missed opportunities, both at the school… and in relation to the police and the secretary of state taking the decision to deprive, must take those failings into account.Ms Begum, who was 15 years old when she arrived in Syria, and"therefore not able to consent to marriage or sexual activity", was"married off" on or about February 20 2015 - 10 days after her arrival in Syria to Yago Reidijk, a Dutch national who was"considerably older," they added.’ In written submissions, Ms Knights and Dan Squires KC said there ‘were a series of obvious questions of individual, local and national importance as to whether steps could and should have been taken’."Particularly the number of girls from Tower Hamlets who left for Syria, the trafficking obviously began in the UK and needs to be investigated by the UK," she added.
Shamima Begum left her home in east London aged 15 in 2015 (Picture: Discovery+) They said the organisations included the Metropolitan Police, Ms Begum’s school, the Home Office and the security services ‘that might have prevented the girls’ travel or led to their interception before they arrived in Syria’." Home Office witness gives evidence She called the case"extraordinary" and said Sajid Javid, the home secretary who deprived her of her citizenship, had taken"over hasty steps" less than a week after Ms Begum gave her first interview from detention in Syria to the Times.Shemima Begum speaking during an interview after leaving IS.In written submissions, Sir James Eadie KC, for the Home Office, said there was ‘no “credible suspicion” that she was a victim of trafficking or was at real and immediate risk of being trafficked prior to her travel from the UK’.He continued: ‘At 10 December 2014 both the police and Ms Begum’s school turned their minds to the question of her potentially travelling to Syria to align with ISIL."That is in direct contrast to the precautionary approach set out by our experts on how to assess the decisions, thoughts, and behaviour of an adolescent involved during her teenage years in a child marriage," she added.However, both considered the risk was low."It is inconceivable someone would not know what Isil was doing as a terrorist organisation at the time," they continued.’ Sir James said that Ms Begum’s case requires her to prove that her school, local authority and the police ‘fell into error in their assessment of the same issue at the same time’..Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 3:44 'I didn't hate Britain, I hated my life' - Begum The government's Prevent counter-terrorism strategy said"safeguarding is at the heart of Prevent to ensure that individuals are not groomed" and promised:"We will respond quickly to support UK victims.
Shamima Begum was stripped of her British citizenship in February 2019 (Picture: GB News) ‘What Ms Begum cannot do is speculate to generate a hypothetical link between what further investigation by those entities might have achieved, and the investigation that was undertaken here,’ he added.Sir James said that the then-home secretary took into account Ms Begum’s age, how she travelled to Syria – including likely online radicalisation – and her activity in Syria, when making the decision to remove her British citizenship.They added: "In some respects yes, I do think she would have known what she was doing and would have had agency in doing so.The hearing in London before Mr Justice Jay is due to finish on Friday, with a decision expected in writing at a later date.Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at.
Surprise, surprise 🙄🤦🏼♀️ Oh pissoff! Everyone else’s fault, AGAIN!!!
Shamima Begum was sexually exploited by ISIS, appeal hearing toldMs Begum, now 23, left Britain with two friends from the Bethnal Green Academy in east London, who are thought to have been killed in the conflict. She’s a terrorist sympathiser. She new what she was doing she can stay there we DON'T want her Wonder who shes supporting in today's game 🤔🤔😆
Shamima Begum ‘trafficked for sexual exploitation’ by Isis, say her lawyersShamima Begum, who left the UK to join IS when she was 15, was a 'victim of child trafficking' when she was stripped her of British citizenship, a court has heard. She knew exactly what she was doing the manipulative thing.. lawyers should be more con about the mozz groomers here.. ffs No, but a good try no less. She made a choice and will have to live with it. Her lawyer represented Michael Adebolajo, one of the killers of Lee Rigby. He also led a campaign to force the Met to apologise to the families of the three ISIS brides for not telling them about another ISIS bride who was a schoolfriend.
Shamima Begum: Police and school 'missed opportunities' to stop her leaving UK, lawyers claimQuestions have been raised over whether 'key indicators' that Ms Begum and her two school friends were at risk of being trafficked were missed.
The Shamima Begum 'problem' won't go away unless we bring her homeGermany, Denmark, France and other European countries have repatriated women and children from Syria, so why not us? Why not her? 🔵 ipaperviews ipaperviews Wow, desperate to get people arguing and still failed. ipaperviews Clearly racism by our Govt, media and establishments, holding her back rather than security issues especially when she doesn’t have any nationality to move to. It’s gross mistake to leave someone citizenshipless in modern age.
Shamima Begum trafficked by IS to Syria for sexual exploitation, tribunal hearsShamima Begum's lawyers say her UK citizenship was unlawfully stripped, but the Home Office insists she continues to pose a threat to national security. Thought we got rid of this scum Dressing up western style while her appeal goes through doesn't fool anyone
Shamima Begum trafficked by IS to Syria for sexual exploitation, court hearsHer UK citizenship was unlawfully stripped, lawyers say, as a five-day appeal hearing begins. Terrorist... period. Let's pay attention to the extreme important points in place of this imaginary story, which is regarding the invention of ISIS and others phenix groups.