Anthony Loyd – The Times
Today, Friday, the British High Court refused to allow the return of a British-born young woman who traveled to Syria to join ISIS, in order to be able to appeal the government’s decision to strip her of her nationality.
The British Prime Minister’s spokesperson expressed Boris Johnson’s welcome of the Supreme Court’s decision, adding, “We are pleased with the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court. As we said earlier, the government prioritizes preserving our national security, and decisions to strip individuals of their nationality are not taken lightly.”
Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was fifteen years old and went to Syria via Turkey with two friends at school, where she married an ISIS fighter.
Begum, 21, who was detained in a detention camp in Syria, was stripped of her British nationality in 2019, claiming that it posed a security risk, but the Court of Appeal had previously ruled that it could not challenge the withdrawal of nationality unless she was allowed to return to Britain.
Last year, the Court of Appeal granted Shamima the right to return to the United Kingdom to challenge the decision to withdraw her nationality, referring to its ruling that Shamima deprived her of her right to a fair trial because she was unable to defend herself from the camp in which she is in Syria.