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Foreign minister: Shamima won't be allowed to enter Bangladesh

UK revoked her citizenship on account of her radicalization

Update : 15 Feb 2020, 09:45 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has reiterated that Shamima Begum, who got her British citizenship revoked, will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh.

Shamima Begum, a British woman of Bangladeshi decent who left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria was recently stipped of her British citizenship. “She has no relation with Bangladesh. She will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh.”

"If Shamima wants to come to Bangladesh, we will in no way allow her. She is a British citizen, her parents and grandparents are also British. She never visited Bangladesh, nor she or anybody from her family ever claimed citizenship," he said while distributing scholarships of Moazzem Fatema Trust in Sylhet city, on Saturday.

In February 2015, Shamima, then 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 government of the United Kingdom revoked her citizenship on account of her radicalisation in line with the ISIS outfit in Syria.

Recently, Shamima 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.

On February 20 last year, Bangladesh confirmed that Shamima, now 20, is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is no question to allow her to enter Bangladesh.

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