Shamima Begum: Police and school 'missed opportunities' to stop her leaving UK, lawyers claim

11/23/2022 12:06:00 AM

Shamima Begum: Police and school 'missed opportunities' to stop her leaving UK, lawyers claim

Shamima Begum: Police and school 'missed opportunities' to stop her leaving UK, lawyers claim

Questions have been raised over whether 'key indicators' that Ms Begum and her two school friends were at risk of being trafficked were missed.

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.Subscribe to our daily newsletter! Sign Up Shamima Begum Shamima Begum is set to begin her appeal over the removal of her UK citizenship.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.will "follow up" on the allegations.

"It is unarguable that there was a credible suspicion that Ms Begum was the subject of trafficking and there therefore was an obligation to investigate whether she was the victim of trafficking from the UK and what they could do in terms of recovery," Ms Knights said."In this case we say there were missed opportunities by the school and the police.She has denied any involvement in terror activities and is challenging a Government decision to remove her citizenship, while Ms Sultana was reportedly killed in a Russian air raid and Ms Abase is missing." The"credible suspicion" that Ms Begum was the victim of trafficking had been passed"well before" February 2019 when Sajid Javid, then the home secretary, removed her citizenship."The evidence is overwhelming that she was recruited, transported, transferred, harboured and received in Syria by ISIS for the purpose of sexual exploitation and marriage to an adult male - and she was, indeed, married to an adult, significantly older than herself, within days of her arrival in Syria, falling pregnant soon after," they said.Ms Knights said the relevant trafficking took place while she was in Britain and there was a"seamless timeline" in which she left UK and arrived in Syria.A Special Immigration Appeals Commission hearing is to start on Monday at Field House tribunal centre, London, and is expected to last five days."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.Ms Begum previously said the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, in which 22 people - some of them children - were killed in a bombing claimed by IS, was similar to military strikes on IS strongholds and called the terror attack "retaliation".

No consideration was given by the home secretary to the"obvious importance" of the rescue, recovery and rehabilitation of Ms Begum as a child victim of trafficking, her lawyers said.Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly afterwards." 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.'Forced marriage' Ms Begum was 15 when she left her home in Bethnal Green, East London with two schoolfriends, who are thought to have been killed in the conflict.She married an older ISIS fighter from the Netherlands within days of her arrival and had three children, two of whom died of disease or malnutrition, and a third, born after her capture, died of pneumonia.Last summer, during an interview, Ms Begum said she wanted to be brought back to the UK to face charges and added in a direct appeal to the Prime Minister that she could be “an asset” in the fight against terror.She was stripped of her British citizenship on the grounds of national security in February 2019 amid a political row over whether she was a dual British and Bangladeshi citizen.The home secretary's duty to protect the public was not"monolithic" and required"wider context" as well as the consideration about the"safeguarding of victims" of trafficking, Ms Knights said.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.According to the BBC and The Times, Mohammed Al Rasheed, who is alleged to have been a double agent working for the Canadians, met the girls in Turkey before taking them to Syria in February 2015.Throughout an exclusive series of interviews for the I'm Not a Monster podcast and a BBC Two documentary, Shamima's claimed that she's a victim of trafficking and that before she left the UK, she was sent detailed instructions by IS members about how to make it there.

" The government's modern slavery strategy, introduced in November 2014, imposed the obligation to pursue perpetrators, prevent engagement in slavery or exploitation, and improve the identification of victims."Children cannot consent to being trafficked, nor can they consent to child marriage," Ms Knights said.Begum family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee previously said in a statement: “Shamima Begum will have a hearing in the SIAC (Special Immigration Appeals Commission) court, where one of the main arguments will be that when former home secretary Sajid Javid stripped Shamima Begum of her citizenship leaving her in Syria, he did not consider that she was a victim of trafficking.Under international law, child marriage occurs where at least one party is under 18 and is considered forced marriage, Ms Knights told the panel."Forced marriage is one in which one party enters without free choice but also by coercion and other psychological means," she added.”.The European Convention of Human Rights article four imposes an operational duty - to help victims and assist their rescue and recovery - and investigative duty - to identify victims and investigate crimes of trafficking.Lawyers for the Home Office argued the decision to deprive Ms Begum of her citizenship was correct, saying that when she fled from IS territory "she left only for safety and not because of a genuine disengagement from the group".

That included a"full and effective investigation" including whether there have been failures by state organisations to prevent their trafficking, in order to ensure that others who are vulnerable are not exposed to the same dangers.That would include Bethnal Green Academy because Ms Begum's friend and schoolmate, Sharmeena Begum, also aged 15, travelled to ISIS-controlled territory in Syria on 5 December 2014.However, the Home Office said the argument"fails at the jurisdictional stage" and"seeks to convert contentious assertions of international obligation into a domestically binding obligation under article 4." "The focus must be maintained on the deprivation decision and the national security assessment at its heart," they added.Related Topics.Conservative MP David Davis, said Shamima was "a teenage girl who was groomed online", adding that the UK authorities "turned their back on a teenage girl trafficked for sexual exploitation and domestic servitude".

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UK citizenship appeal by Shamima Begum to beginShe has denied any involvement in terror activities and is challenging a Government decision to remove her citizenship.

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 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.

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 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

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.