Shamima Begum: Threat to UK 'shouldn't be underestimated'
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Nicole Jack, as well as her three daughters, are currently being held in a detention camp in Syria’s Roj camp. She, alongside thousands of wives and children of IS fighters, is being held alongside Shamima Begum.
Speaking out for the first time, Ms Jack urged the UK not to sweep them “under the carpet” and leave them “out of sight, out of mind”.
She left London with her husband and her then four young children to join IS in October 2015.
She had told relatives her family was leaving for Somalia to start a new life.
When asked why she took her children, said her husband, Hussein Ali, threatened to split the family up if she refused to travel with him.
“It was about my family being together”, she claimed.
Ms Jack then told the BBC her husband died fighting for IS.
Her 10-year-old son, Isaaq, and second husband, Adil de Montrichard, later died in an airstrike.
She said to the broadcaster she coped with the death of her son by “knowing that he’s in a better place”.
Ms Jack added: “Anything else can put us on the verge of a breakdown and this is what I can’t risk.”
It comes after the Supreme Court ruled Ms Begum could not return to the UK to pursue an appeal against the removal of her citizenship in February.
Her citizenship was revoked by then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid in 2019.
Ms Begum is challenging the Home Office’s decision and has asked a specialist tribunal to consider whether she was a victim of trafficking when she travelled to Syria.
Ms Begum’s legal team said the Home Office failed to consider whether she was a “child trafficked to, and remaining in, Syria for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced marriage”, despite the counter-terrorism unit having “suspicions of coercion and control” at the time she left the UK.
She also wants to challenge her citizenship removal on the basis that it made her “de facto stateless” and the decision was procedurally unfair.
In an interview ITV’s Good Morning Britain in September, Ms Begum apologised to the UK and said she’d “rather die” than return to IS.
She said: “There is no justification for killing people in the name of God. I apologise. I’m sorry.”
She added she left for Syria as she thought she was “doing the right thing as a Muslim”.
Ms Begum then said: “I did not want to hurt anyone in Syria or anywhere else in the world .
“At the time I did not know it was a death cult, I thought it was an Islamic community.”
Mr Javid defended his decision to revoke Ms Begum’s citizenship.
He said to ITV News it was “absolutely the right decision”.
He then added: “When I saw what I did and the information I received from my advisors and our intelligence agencies, end the end it was a very clear cut decision.”
But he also told Good Morning Britain when asked if he would reconsider Ms Begum’s case: “That’s not for me to say, that’s a decision for the current home secretary but as I’ve said I think the decision was the right one and I think the British people should be protected at all times to the best of the ability of ministers.”
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