The British government has won an offer for the Supreme Court to decide whether a woman loses her citizenship after joining the armed ISIL (ISIS) group in Syria can return to oppose the decision.
The home secretary successfully appealed the lower court’s decision this month which would allow Shamima Begum, 20, to return to Britain to continue his appeal.
Begum, who lives in a Syrian refugee camp, lost the first stage of his case about the legality of a government decision at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in February.
However, the court also ruled that he could not have a “fair and effective appeal” or play a “meaningful part” in the process, because he lived in a Syrian refugee camp.
Three senior judges at the Court of Appeals upheld the SIAC ruling on July 16, concluding Begum should be allowed to come to England for legal challenges.
They decided “justice and justice” outweighed national security issues, which “could be overcome and managed if he returned”.
But judge Eleanor King, one of the three, said at a long-distance hearing on Friday, the country’s highest court must consider a case that raised “legal points of public interest”.
Begum was 15 when he and two other students from Bethnal Green in east London left home to join ISIL on February 17, 2015.
He said that he married a Dutch convert soon after arriving in ISIL-controlled territory. She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.
The newborn baby dies soon after giving birth. Two other children also died under the ISIL government.
Sajid Javid, then home secretary, canceled British Begum citizenship on national security grounds after protests led by right-wing media.
This prompted him to take legal action, arguing that the decision violated the law, making him citizenship and exposing him to the risk of death or inhumane and degrading treatment.
Begum born in England is a heritage of Bangladesh. But Bangladesh’s foreign minister said he would not consider giving up his citizenship.
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