ISIS bride Shamima Begum ‘crying’ and ‘very angry’ after return to UK is denied

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Shamima Begum is said to be "very angry, upset and crying" after her bid to return to the UK was denied.

The former ISIS bride hoped to overturn the UK's decision to revoke her British citizenship.

But the Supreme Court unanimously rejected her on Friday, February 26.

The 21-year-old made headlines six years ago when she and two school friends travelled from east London to Syria to join ISIS aged just 15.

It is believed her friends, who were also teenagers when they left Bethnal Green, died in the bloody conflict.

After being discovered nine months pregnant in a refugee camp in February 2019, she was banned from returning to the UK.

Begum, who lives in a camp in northern Syria, has refused to address the media following advice from her lawyer.

However, her friends told Sky News: "She's very angry. And she's very upset and crying. She doesn't want to talk to us."

An earlier hearing at the Court of Appeal had said Begum should be allowed to return to challenge the Home Office's decision to strip her citizenship

But the Home Office appealed that decision in November, claiming her return "would create significant national security risks" and expose the public to "an increased risk of terrorism".

Supreme Court president Lord Reed said: "The Supreme Court unanimously allows all of the home secretary's appeals and dismisses Ms Begum's cross-appeal.

"The right to a fair hearing does not trump all other considerations, such as the safety of the public."

The court also accused the Court of Appeal of making its "own assessment of the requirements of national security" and ignoring the Home Secretary Priti Patel "despite the absence of any relevant evidence before it, or any relevant findings of fact by the court below".

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Patel welcomed the news, added the decision, taken by predecessor Sajid Javid, "reaffirmed the Home Secretary's authority to make vital national security decisions".

Begum, who has previously lost three children, married an ISIS rebel from the Netherlands.

Patel added: "The Government will always take the strongest possible action to protect our national security and our priority remains maintaining the safety and security of our citizens."

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