This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
THE only case against Shamima Begum is “no more than that she travelled to Syria and ‘aligned with IS’,” her barrister said today.
In written submissions to the Supreme Court, Lord Pannick QC argued: “It is not alleged that she fought, trained or participated in any terrorist activities, nor that she had any role within IS.
“It is not said that she has expressed or harbours any ill will against the United Kingdom.”
Ms Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join Isis in February 2015.
Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.
Ms Begum, now 21 and currently in the al-Roj camp in northern Syria, is challenging the Home Office’s decision to remove her British citizenship and wants to be allowed to return to Britain to pursue her appeal.
In July, 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.”
But the Home Office argues that allowing her to return to Britain “would create significant national security risks” and expose the public to “an increased risk of terrorism.”
At a remote hearing today, Sir James Eadie QC told the Supreme Court: “If you force the Secretary of State to facilitate a return to the UK or if you allow the substantive appeal, the effect is to create potentially very serious national security concerns.”
The Supreme Court hearing, which is being livestreamed on the court’s website, is due to conclude tomorrow and it is expected that the court will reserve its judgement.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.