Shamima Begum’s potential reinstatement to the UK increases the likelihood of terrorist attacks in the country, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.
As a response, her lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, told Good Morning Britain (GMB) that there is always a possibility of risk with her arrival.
He compared this case to the younger brother of Salman Abedi, who was responsible for the Manchester bombing attack in May 2017.
Akunjee said: ‘‘The British government spent a lot of time and effort securing Mr Abedi in Libya and extraditing him back to the UK, where he faced trial for 22 murders.
‘‘Should Shamima be returned to the UK, the Home Office would then add restrictions on her in order to mitigate any potential possible threat.’’
— Voice Of London UK (@VoiceOfLondonUK) November 24, 2020
Macer Gifford, an Anti-ISIS campaigner, told GMB that the return of all ISIS volunteers to the UK ‘‘would slump MI5’’.
He said: ‘‘It would cost us millions of pounds to go through a whole judicial process, to go through protecting them, and changing their identity, until we finally set them free.
‘‘We’ve got to put the British public first on this one. Lives are at a stake.’’
Shamima Begum joined ISIS in February 2015.
Last year, she was in a Syrian refugee camp, nine months pregnant.
Begum now wants to have her British passport restored so that she can go back to the UK.
Her court trial started yesterday.
Twitter users expressed mixed emotions on the matter.
15yrs old one isn’t older enough to know whats she is doing the other can tell the world what to do and they listen to her
— Kirk St Moritz (@KirkMoritz_1to1) November 24, 2020
Shamima Begum’s Court trial started today. What’s your view on her attempt to return to the UK?
For me… It is disgraceful that she gets legal aid ……. legal aid for a Terrorist? No way that should happen!
— Dr.Spock PhD 💎 Vulcan Logic (@DrSpock_MGBGA) November 23, 2020
This discussion on @GMB about Shamima Begum is deliberately ignoring that she was a child when she was trafficked, abused, married and made pregnant by adult men.
What a mess this discussion is.
— Dr. Jessica Taylor (@DrJessTaylor) November 24, 2020
Words: Kristina Hristova | Subbing: Begum Kuruc