Sajid Javid defends stripping ISIS bride of citizenship over fears she could commit terror attack

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said he moved to revoke Shamima Begum's British citizenship over fears she might carry out a terror attack if she returned to the UK.

Asked by ITV's Robert Peston about the risks of leaving someone in a warzone such as Syria, Mr Javid said he also had to weigh up the danger of what might happen in Britain if 'someone' was allowed back.

Cases - Mr - Javid - Terms - Begum

Although he would not comment on individual cases, Mr Javid spoke in broad terms understood to apply to Begum's case.

'Let’s say they are in the UK and they radicalise others and groom others, they carry out a terrorist attack themselves or incite others to do that,' Javid said on Wednesday night.

Danger - Risk - Country - Impact - Community

'What about the danger and the risk to the country of that? What about the impact on community cohesion if people come back to the country and use their presence here to try and racialize others? I have to weigh that up too.'

He also admitted it might be difficult to prosecute returning members of ISIS owing to the difficulty of collecting evidence from a warzone.

Home - Office - Begum - Mother - Bangladesh

The Home Office believes that because Begum's mother was born in Bangladesh her daughter is entitled to dual citizenship meaning she would not be left stateless if she was stripped of British nationality, which is illegal under international law.

But the chances of the 19-year-old returning to Britain may have increased after the Bangladeshi ministry of foreign affairs accused Sajid Javid of 'erroneously identifying' Begum as a dual citizen - and insisted she will not be allowed into the country.

Fate - Begum - Citizenship - Holland - Jihadi

After learning her fate 'shocked' Begum initially said she would seek citizenship in Holland - where her jihadi husband Yago Riedijk is from.

But the Dutch Government today also appeared to slam the door, telling...
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