The Court of Appeal ruled that “the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal”. Lord Justice Flaux – sitting with Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Singh – said: “Fairness and justice must, on the facts of this case, outweigh the national security concerns, so that the leave to enter appeals should be allowed.”
Begum, who left the UK aged 15 to join ISIS, travelling to Syria, hit the deadlines last year when she announced her intention to return, a move which was subsequently blocked by the Home Office.
British born-Begum, who is currently living in one of the camps, is now aged 20 or 21, and had three children while living in Syria, all of whom have since died.
She was stripped of her UK citizenship by then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid last year, with the UK Government insisting she was not rendered stateless because she holds, or is eligible for, Bangladeshi citizenship.
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