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Daesh teen: Unjust to tell me I’m no longer British

Hard reading: Ms
Begum with Rohit
Kachroo of ITV
News PICTURE: ITV

DAESH bride Shamima Begum has claimed the decision to strip her of UK citizenship is ‘unjust’.

The new mum, who ran away to Syria aged 15 to marry a jihadi, said it had been ‘heartbreaking’ to find out about the government ruling.

Home secretary Sajid Javid hinted yesterday that the 19-year-old’s son, who was born at the weekend, could be brought to Britain to live with her family. But she had hoped to be allowed to return to east London from the Syrian refugee camp where she is staying to bring up the child in safety.

‘I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked,’ Ms Begum said after ITV News security editor Rohit Kachroo showed her a copy of a letter from the Home Office to her family.

‘It’s a bit upsetting and frustrating. I feel like it’s a bit unjust on me and my son. It’s kind of heartbreaking to read.

‘My family made it sound like it would be a lot easier for me to come back to the UK. It’s kind of hard to swallow.’ She suggested other returnees were ‘being sent back to Britain’, adding: ‘I don’t know why my case is any different.’

Ms Begum said she might seek to become a citizen of the Netherlands, where her Muslim convert husband is from. Yago Riedijk has been captured in Syria and had previously been jailed in his absence in his homeland for refusing to leave Daesh.

‘He has family in Holland,’ Ms Begum said. ‘If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him.’

In the Commons, Mr Javid said: ‘Deprivation is a powerful tool that can only be used to keep the most dangerous individuals out of this country and we do not use it lightly.’

The home secretary added: ‘Children should not suffer. So, if a parent does lose their citizenship, it does not affect the rights of their child.’

Muhammad Rahman, 36, Ms Begum’s brother-in-law, backed Mr Javid. ‘The people who are making these decisions are doing it for the country,’ he said.