Shamima Begum says 'she’d rather die than go back to ISIS'
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The 22-year-old publicly said last week that she posed no threat and could help fight terrorism if she was permitted to return to the UK. Ms Begum – who fled her home in London to join the terror group alongside two friends in 2015 – has since had her citizenship stripped from her.
In February the High Court ruled she could not return to the UK to appeal against the Home Office’s ruling – making the chances of her overturning the decision unlikely.
Last week she was interviewed on Good Morning Britain in an apparent attempt to gain sympathy with the British public.
But it has since been claimed that while preaching about her reformed character publicly – when speaking to friends it is a different matter entirely.
A source told the Sun on Sunday: “She made out she’d help her country if she were given the chance.
“All the talk was about helping deradicalise kids and stop them from following in her footsteps.
“But she’s made it clear she won’t name any British IS fighters she met in Syria.
“Some have survived and the intelligence is so patchy that her evidence would be invaluable.
“But for her it’s a red line. It won’t help her chances.”
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In an interview last week, she said: “No one can hate me more than I hate myself for what I’ve done and all I can say is I’m sorry and just give me a second chance.”
She even claimed that she was only a “wife and mother” while a servant of the cruel ISIS “death cult” in Syria.
Current Health Secretary Sajid Javid – who was Home Secretary when she lost her citizenship – dismissed her claims last week.
He said: “If you know what I knew – you would have made exactly the same decision.”
The cabinet minister added: “I won’t go into details of the case, but what I will say is that you certainly haven’t seen what I saw.”
“If you did know what I knew, because you are sensible, responsible people, you would have made exactly the same decision – of that I have no doubt.”
Shortly after arriving in Syria aged 15, Ms Begum was married to Dutch Muslim convert Yago Riedijk.
The pair had three children, all of whom died in infancy.
Since fleeing the dealt cult in its dying days, it has emerged that Ms Begum allegedly sewed suicide bombers into their explosive vests.
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