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Father of UK teen who joined ISIS says don't scrap citizenship

Orient Net - The New York Times | 2019-03-06 11:35 Damascuss

Father of UK teen who joined ISIS says don't scrap citizenship
The father of a British teenager who ran away to join ISIS in Syria said his daughter's citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the UK and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. 

Shamima Begum fled east London with two friends to travel to Syria to marry ISIS fighters in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment programme lured many impressionable young people to its self-proclaimed caliphate. 

Begum, now 19, resurfaced at a refugee camp in Syria and told reporters recently that she wants to come home.

But her apparent lack of remorse has triggered criticism in Britain and the family has expressed its own shock at her lack of repentance. She married a Dutch man who wants to take her to the Netherlands with their newborn son.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revoked Begum's citizenship — despite saying he wouldn't make a decision that would render a person stateless. Her family has insisted she isn't a dual citizen. The case is pending in the courts.

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