Shamima Begum decision 'perverse' – Boris rages after court lets ISIS bride return to UK

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Shamima Begum decision 'perverse' – Boris rages after court lets ISIS bride return to UK

Ms Begum, who is 20 years old, has been allowed to return to Britain to fight the decision to have her UK citizenship removed. The Court of Appeal

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Ms Begum, who is 20 years old, has been allowed to return to Britain to fight the decision to have her UK citizenship removed. The Court of Appeal said she could not receive a fair hearing from the Syrian camp where she currently resides. The Home Office said the decision was “very disappointing” and would “apply for permission to appeal”.

Giving his own view on the matter today, the Prime Minister questioned the right of someone who had been denied UK citizenship because of a national security threat being allowed to receive legal aid funded by the UK tax-payer.

Mr Johnson said: “It seems to me to be at least odd and perverse that somebody can be entitled to legal aid when they are not only outside the country but have had their citizenship deprived for the protection of national security.

“That, amongst other things, we will be looking at.”

Those other things will include the system of judicial review itself.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph the Prime Minister added: “What we are looking at is whether there are some ways in which judicial review does indeed go too far or does indeed have perverse consequences that were not perhaps envisaged when the tradition of judicial review began.”

Ms Begum’s British citizenship was revoked after she left her home in London to join ISIS in Syria in 2015.

The 20-year-old is currently in Camp Roj in northern Syria.

Now there is a tricky situation where the Government will be forced to assist her transportation from the Syrian camp back to the UK, at considerable cost and danger.

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After the decision was made former Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted that he was “deeply concerned about the judgment”.

Mr Javid signed the cancellation of her citizenship in 2015.

He added that allowing Ms Begum to come back to the UK will create a situation where it will “prove impossible to subsequently remove her”.

Speaking to the BBC Ms Begum’s solicitor Daniel Furner said: “Ms Begum has never had a fair opportunity to give her side of the story.

“She is not afraid of facing British justice, she welcomes it.

“But the stripping of her citizenship without a chance to clear her name is not justice, it is the opposite.”



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