The family of Islamic State bride Shamima Begum have begun legal proceedings to review the decision to strip her of British citizenship, according to reports.
Shamima Begum left Bethnal Green in east London with two other schoolgirls to join the ISIS terror group in February 2015.
Her case has proved incredibly controversial since she announced she would like to return to the UK, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoking her UK citizenship.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked the teenager’s British citizenship in a move only permissible under international law if it does not leave the individual stateless.
The family said they have had no contact with Ms Begum and had only learned she had given birth to a boy through media reports.
They made clear that they were “shocked and appalled” at the “vile comments” Ms Begum had recently made to the media.
Ms Begum was one of three schoolgirls to leave Bethnal Green to join the terror cult in 2015 and resurfaced heavily pregnant at a Syrian refugee camp last week.
Her family’s letter said they had made “every fathomable effort” to block her from entering IS territory.
“That year we lost Shamima to a murderous and misogynistic cult,” her sister wrote.
“My sister has been in their thrall now for four years, and it is clear to me that her exploitation at their hands has fundamentally damaged her.”
It was speculated that Ms Begum, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, may have citizenship there but Bangladesh’s minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam denied this.
The Guardian reports that appeals against this decision have been made with the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
Tasnime Akunjee, who represents Ms Begum’s family, questioned how the removal of citizenship could be proportionate when people who have “actively fought” for Islamic State have not faced the same treatment.
He told the paper: “The decision is wrong because it renders Begum stateless, it puts her life at risk and breaches her right to family life.
“The government have accepted that 400 people have picked up a gun and actively fought for Isis and they been allowed back to Britain.
“So how can it be proportionate for a 19-year-old girl who had a child not to be allowed to return, when the others have been allowed to return?”
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