The former Home Secretary has released a statement following the decision of the Court of Appeal that could see Daesh terror bride Shamima Begum return to the UK.
In his statement, Mr Sajid Javid MP said:
“Whilst I respect the Court, and will limit how much I say about this specific case, there are important principles at stake.
“Any restrictions of rights and freedoms faced by Ms Begum are a direct consequence of the actions that she has taken, in violation of both government guidance and common morality. It is not clear to me why an appeal could not be made abroad using modern technology.
“However, this is not solely a matter of justice. It is also a matter of national security.
“First and most critically, allowing her – and indeed other terrorists – back into the UK to pursue an appeal would create a national security risk that cannot be fully mitigated, even with the diversion of significant resources.
“Second, the judgements and precedents set in this case could bind the hands of the Government in managing past and future cases.
“And third, a consequence of this individual walking our streets would be that it serves as a lightning rod for both Islamist and far-right extremists.
“Governing means making difficult decisions based on the options on the table in front of you.
“Limitations in UK law mean there would only be a small chance of a significant prosecution for crimes committed in a foreign war zone.
“Regardless of the final outcome of her case, if Ms Begum does come to this country, it will prove impossible to subsequently remove her.
“I am therefore deeply concerned about this judgment. I welcome the decision of the Home Office to seek to appeal it.”
In 2015, Begum, along with two of her friends, travelled to Syria to join Daesh. The trio travelled via Turkey to join the brutal organisation.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Begum had served in ISIL’s so-called “morality police” and that she also tried to recruit other young women to join the murderous group.
They reported that Begum was allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle and that she earned a reputation as a strict enforcer of ISIL’s laws, such as dress code for women.
An anti-ISIL activist also told The Independent that there are sperate allegations of “Begum [stitching] suicide bombers into explosive vests so they could not be removed without detonating”.
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