IS teen Shamima Begum to lose UK citizenship, says family

Shamima Begum, who joined Islamic State in Syria aged 15, is to lose her UK citizenship, the family’s lawyer says.

The 19-year-old ran away to Syria as a schoolgirl in 2015 to join the Islamic State and has since given birth.

She had said she wanted to return to the UK to have the baby was told she could face prosecution if she returned.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into when I left,” she told Sky News from a Syrian refugee camp last week.

She said she made a mistake “in a way” by going to Syria, but added: “I don’t regret it because it’s changed me as a person, made me stronger, tougher.

“I did have a good time there. It’s just that then things got harder and I couldn’t take it anymore.”

The family’s lawyer Mohammed Tasnime Akunjee has told the BBC that the baby was “no threat” and that legally Ms Begum was allowed to return as a British citizen.

Under international law, the UK has an obligation to allow a British citizen who does not have a claim to another nationality to return.

More to come.