Sadiq Khan London Mayor today July 17 announced that the Government should not stand in the way of Shamima Begum returning to Britain to fight for her UK passport accusing them of trying to ‘sublet justice to another country’.
Sadiq does not agree with the Home Office’s decision to challenge the Court of Appeal ruling allowing Shamima to challenge the decision to revoke British citizenship in person on UK soil.
But counter-terror experts have warned that the decision to let Begum back into the UK could have dire implications for national security – including opening the door to other jihadis and their brides coming back from Syria and Iraq.
Mr. Khan said today: ‘I think people who commit criminal offenses must face the music.
‘While we’ve got courts in this country and judges who are some of the fairest in the world, I think if a British citizen commits an offense here or overseas they should face justice in the criminal courts.
‘And if she (Begum) has committed a criminal offense I’m sure the jury will find her guilty, and justice will be served. What I’m not in favour of is us sub-contracting justice to another country.’
On Thursday, senior judges said Begum – one of three east London schoolgirls who traveled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group – should be allowed to return to the UK to fight the decision to remove her British citizenship.
It came as the lawyer representing the family of jihadi bride Shamima Begum today made the extraordinary admission that ‘nobody can be sure’ if she is still a terror threat to Britain – but insisted that she should be allowed to return to the UK anyway.
Tasnime Akunjee also declared that a ‘lack of technology’ in the Syrian camp where Begum is living means she cannot fairly fight for her British passport to be returned.
It came as Begum was pictured wearing jeans, a shirt, and a blue hat while walking through a Syrian refugee camp after winning a bombshell Court of Appeal victory that could see her back in the country within weeks. When she does return to the UK, Begum is likely to be arrested and questioned before being charged with terror-related offenses. Read here