ISIS bride’s dad breaks silence for first time – and reveals who he agrees with

ISIS bride’s dad breaks silence for first time – and reveals who he agrees with

February 24, 2019

Shamima Begum’s dad has sided with the British government over its decision to strip the ISIS bride of her UK citizenship.

Speaking for the first time, Ahmed Ali, 60, said his daughter’s own actions "made her get stuck like this".

The 60-year-old, who lives in the Sunamganj region of north-east Bangladesh, said he agrees with "the law of the land" after Home Secretary Sajid Javid deemed 19-year-old Begum a terror risk.

"I know they [the British Government] don’t want to take her back, and in this I don’t have a problem," he told The Mail on Sunday .

"I know she is stuck there [in Syria] but that’s because she has done actions that made her get stuck like this. I am on the side of the Government.

"I can’t say whether it is right or wrong, but if the law of the land says that it is correct to cancel her citizenship, then I agree.

"If she at least admitted she made a mistake then I would feel sorry for her and other people would feel sorry for her. But she does not accept her wrong."

Mr Ali last saw his daughter in 2015, two months before she fled to Syria from her home in East London.

He has four daughters with Begum’s mum, Asma, and a second wife. He splits his time between the UK and Bangladesh.

Begum is currently living in a refugee camp in northern Syria.

She gave birth to a baby boy a few days ago and has said she wants to return to the UK.

The Home Secretary told Begum’s family he was revoking the 19-year-old’s ­citizenship earlier this week.

The Home Office had said it was possible to strip the teenager of British nationality as she was eligible for citizenship of another country.

But it is unclear where the tough measure leaves the jihadi bride.

Her family vowed to challenge the move, which came after Mr Javid had on Monday told Brits joining ISIS abroad: "If you back terror, there must be consequences."

She has the right to appeal, which may be a lengthy process.

Mr Javid’s letter said: "Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship.

"The order removing her ­citizenship has subsequently been made."

Begum’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said the family were "very disappointed" at Mr Javid’s decision.

He added: "We are ­considering all legal avenues to ­challenge this."

Shamima Begum’s sister begged Sajid David to help her baby nephew "find his way home" in a desperate letter to the Home Secretary.

Renu Begum slammed her sister’s "vile comments" and claimed she had lost her sibling to a "murderous and misogynistic cult".

But, in the letter to Javid, she said the family "cannot simply abandon her" and that her status is "a matter for our British courts".

In the letter, Renu says her family are "shocked and appalled at the vile comments" Begum has made in recent days, which are not representative of British values.

The teenager, now 19, has been in the "thrall" of the extremist regime for four years now, and "her exploitation at their hands has fundamentally damaged her", it continues.

One legal source said the move will make it very difficult for Begum to return unless she wins an appeal.

He added: "As her parents are of Bangladeshi origin, she may have dual ­nationality, so she will become a Bangladeshi citizen. If not she will become ­stateless."

Mr Javid had admitted he was powerless to stop UK jihadis returning home as governments cannot make people stateless.

The Met Police said Begum faces "potential arrest" if she does return.

Immigration ­solicitor Asif Salam warned as the runaway teenager’s baby is British, she could get back her nationality "by default".

Begum, from Bethnal Green, fled with two other schoolgirls in 2015. She married a Dutch ISIS fighter who is now said to be in captivity.

Her two other children have died.

She sparked fury by seeming to justify the Manchester Arena bomb attack that killed 22 in 2017.

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