The BBC is reporting that IS bride and sympathiser Shamima Begum has been granted legal aid in order to fight the UK Governments decision to strip her of her citizenship.
The 19-year-old was stripped of her citizenship in February this year after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp having travelled across Europe to join the barbaric IS in 2015.
As IS lost ground over recent months, culminating in its eventual defeat, members of what many have branded as being a ‘death cult’ fled its previously held ground.
The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the Legal Aid Agency’s decision to assist Ms Begum made him feel “very uncomfortable”.
The decision means that the British taxpayer will now foot the considerable legal bill expected to be racked up by the legal team representing Begum.
This is despite the fact that the vast and overwhelming majority of the British taxpaying public does not want Begum to be accepted back into the country.
Legal aid is financial assistance that is provided to those unable to afford legal representation themselves.
It is means-tested and its availability has been cut back significantly in recent years.
Civil servants at the Legal Aid Agency are responsible for making decisions about who receives legal aid.
The decision to grant Begum legal aid is expected to infuriate the vast majority of the general public including members of the armed forces community who risked their own lives in order to help fight IS.
IS, the organisation that Begum travelled across Europe to join, was responsible for the murder and torture of thousands of men, women and children.
A spokesperson for the Free Yezidi Foundation said:
‘Appropriate for those in Britain who claim that Shamima Begum deserves to return to UK to reconsider their positions.
‘ISIS morality police behaved like Nazis, not innocent schoolgirls.
‘Do genocidaires deserve safe have[n] in UK because of their citizenship?’
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