Shamima Begum (photo) wants to return to the UK to claim that she was the victim of legal rape
A counter-terrorist says ISIS bride Shamima Begum is only sorry because she wants to return to the UK.
The legal team of the East London schoolgirl today launches a legal offer to restore her citizenship so that she can return to Britain.
Her lawyers say she will claim to have been the victim of & # 39; legal rape & # 39; by her ISIS militant husband Yago Riedijk, 23.
The now 19-year-old lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said that Begum was married during an & # 39; Isis ceremony within two weeks of reaching Syria & # 39; when she was 15 years old.
He told the Daily Mirror: & # 39; Her context is like a victim of rape or a legal victim of rape. & # 39; Her legal team is ready to claim that her case cannot be dealt with without her.
It is unclear whether her legal team will attempt to bring the allegations of rape to UK courts if she restores her citizenship, and whether she could even initiate proceedings in the UK because the alleged rape took place in Syria.
Chris Phillips, counter-terrorism expert, told Good Morning Britain: “She's not 15 now, she's 19.
& # 39; She had complete and candid knowledge of what she was doing. She was fully involved in the murders or the group that carried out the murders.
& # 39; She only regrets if she wants to come back.
Begums lawyer Tasnime Akunjee (right) has argued that her husband Yago Riedijk (left) raped the teenager
& # 39; She will not be sentenced because there is no evidence that she was involved, so she will not be tried.
& # 39; She is 15 and lived in East London, she knew what she was doing. & # 39;
Today, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, a specialized court that takes decisions to make decisions to remove someone's UK citizenship on grounds of national security, will start a four-day preliminary hearing in London.
Ms Justice Elisabeth Laing is expected to settle, among other things, whether the removal of Ms Begum from her British citizenship has made her stateless and therefore unlawful.
People who rely on SIAC usually remain anonymous, but it is understood that Begum has waived its right to anonymity.
Former Chief Inspector Del Dabu said that Britain has an international duty to give her the chance to return to the country and go through the criminal trial.
He said: & # 39; We have a responsibility because she was taken care of on our guard.
& # 39; We must take responsibility for young girls who have been cared for and influenced on our watch. & # 39;
Begum (photo) said earlier that her mental health was hampered by her experience
Mrs. Begum, then 15 years old, was one of three schoolgirls – along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase – from the Bethnal Green Academy who left their homes and families in February 2015 to join a fourth Bethnal Green schoolgirl, Sharmeena Begum, to add that had left London in 2014, in Syria.
In February, Mrs. The Begum, nine months pregnant, was found in a refugee camp by The Times, in which she told the newspaper that she would do whatever it took to get home & # 39;
Mrs. Begum said that ten days after arriving in Raqqa, she was married to a Dutchman who had converted to Islam, Yago Riedijk, who, according to her, was later arrested, accused of espionage and tortured.
She eventually left Raqqa with her husband in January 2017, but her children, a girl of one year and nine months old and a three month old boy, both died.
Her third child, a son, also died shortly after he was born.
Riedijk, a 27-year-old jihadist from the Netherlands, has been placed on an exclusion list and is currently being held in a cell in Northern Syria.
He is forbidden from entering Great Britain because he poses a national security risk.
Riedijk was imprisoned for six years in his absence last year in his home country, the Netherlands, for membership in a terrorist organization.
He spoke about his love for his wife in an interview with The Times. He said: & # 39; We got really close very quickly. The perfect woman. She was so young and innocent & # 39 ;.
Mrs. Begum told The Times that she & # 39; usually & # 39; had lived a & # 39; normal life in Raqqa, occasionally with bombing and so & # 39 ;.
Shamima Begum, then 15, at Gatwick Airport en route to Syria (center) with friends Kadiza Sultana, 16 left, and Amira Abase, 15, right, through security at Gatwick Airport before joining the Islamic State
She added: & # 39; But when I saw my first severed head in a trash bin, I was not shocked at all. It was from a captured hunter on the battlefield, an enemy of Islam. I only thought of what he would have done to a Muslim woman if he had had the chance. & # 39;
The Home Office withdrew its British citizenship later in February – a decision that is only legitimate if it has not left Begum stateless.
It was speculated at the time that Ms. Begum may have Bengali citizenship, but the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Shahriar Alam, has denied this.
Shamima on an undated photo of the police
Interior Minister Priti Patel told The Sun last month that Begum would not be able to return to the UK, and said to the newspaper: “Our job is to protect our country.
& # 39; We don't need people who have harmed and left our country to be part of a death cult and to maintain that ideology.
& # 39; We cannot allow people who can harm us to enter our country – and this also applies to this woman.
& # 39; Everything I see in terms of security and intelligence, I am just not willing to allow someone who has been an active supporter or campaigner for IS in this country. & # 39;
Last month Begum begged to come back to the UK to get therapy after she said she now hates the Islamic State (IS).
Since she is a member of IS, she says she gave birth to three children, all of whom died of illness or malnutrition.
Patel responded to her plea by simply saying: & # 39; really not, really not. & # 39;
Begum, now living in an internment center in Syria, said: & My mental health situation is not the best.
& # 39; My physical health is fine. I'm still young and don't get sick. That is not my problem. However, mentally I am very bad. I need therapy to deal with my grief. It is so hard. I have lost all my children.
& # 39; None of the people with whom I live here know what I have experienced. They are not like my school friends with whom I could always talk. They do not understand what I have experienced.
& # 39; There is no provision for mental health. I have heard that there is psychiatric help in other camps, but not here. & # 39;
MailOnline has contacted the Home Office, the Foreign Office and the Begum lawyer.
Who is Shamima Begum's lawyer?
Mohammed Tasnime Akunjee
Privately trained lawyer Tasnime Akunjee represents the families of the three girls from Tower Hamlets, East London, who fled the UK to join the Islamic State, including Shamima Begum, since 2015.
Since she was found in a Syrian refugee camp in mid-February, Akunjee has caused controversy by comparing the 19-year-old ISIS bride with a soldier from the First World War and said she was treated worse than Nazi war criminals. Akunjee led the campaign to have Mrs. Begum repatriated to the UK.
Previous clients of the criminal lawyer are one of the killers of Lee Rigby. He once blamed the British authorities for creating & # 39; of the murderer of Fusilier Rigby, suggested that Theresa May & # 39; Nazi blood & # 39; because she was trying to exterminate extremists and urged Muslims not to cooperate with the police.
Married twice to Mr. Akunjee, 41, has been working for a series of law firms since 2008, while also working as a legal adviser to the East London mosque.
It is believed that he met the families of the runaway Tower Hamlets girls as part of this role.
Akunjee said he started the Begum case & # 39; pro bono & # 39; which means that it is free. It is unclear whether that would continue if the case were to be brought before the British courts in the future.
According to his LinkedIn page, Mr. Akunjee, the son of a Bengali doctor, studied City of London School for Boys at the £ 18,000 a year.
He then went on to study law at the Universities of Sussex and then Westminster.
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