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Foreign minister: Bangladesh has nothing to do with Shamima

  • Published at 10:33 pm February 8th, 2020
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London AFP

UK revoked her citizenship on account of her radicalisation, he says

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has reiterated that Bangladesh has nothing to do with Shamima Begum, who got her British citizenship revoked.

“Shamima Begum left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria and got her British citizenship revoked," said the minister.

Abdul Momen made the statement while replying to a query from reporters at a hotel in Dhaka on Saturday, reports BSS. 

“Shamima is neither a Bangladeshi citizen nor a dual citizen of the two countries. Her father was once a Bangladeshi and then took the British citizenship. But they never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh,” he added.

The government of the United Kingdom revoked the citizenship of Shamima Begum because of her radicalisation in line with the ISIS outfit in Syria.

Recently, she lost the initial stage of her appeal against the Home Office’s decision to revoke her United Kingdom citizenship.

A unanimous judgment by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) found against Shamima, now 20, on three preliminary grounds, including that she had not been improperly deprived of her citizenship. 

The judgment prevents her from returning to London.

Referring to the relevant provision of the Bangladesh citizenship law, the foreign minister said if the parents are Bangladeshi, they can apply for citizenship of their children within seven years of the birth.

“But her (Shamima’s) parents neither applied for her citizenship, nor wanted it.”   

He also said if the British government does not give her citizenship, she will be rendered stateless and the British government should look into it. 

“It’s not our concern,” he said. 

In February 2015, Shamima, aged 15, left her home with two other teenagers, Kadiza Sultana, then 16, and Amira Abase, then 15, and travelled to Syria to join ISIS. 

She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

The then British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, stripped her of her British citizenship later that month.