Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria as a teenager to join the Islamic State group, was trafficked for sexual exploitation. The Tribunal has been told this. News BBC.

Shamima traveled to Syria in 2015 and was stripped of her citizenship in 2019 due to national security concerns.

Attempts to challenge the stripping of his UK citizenship are being considered at a five-day immigration hearing.

The Home Office insists that she (Shamima) poses a threat to national security.

The case is being heard by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), which has the same standing as the High Court. The commission may hear national security evidence in secret if necessary.

Lawyers for Shamima Begum, now 23, told the court that then Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to strip her of her British citizenship was unlawful, as it did not consider whether she (Shamima) was a trafficked child.

She has been in a camp controlled by armed guards in northern Syria for almost eight years, having run away from home aged 15 with two other east London schoolgirls, Khadija Sultana, 16, and Amira Abes, 15.

Sultana is believed to have been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria, her family’s lawyer said.

Abes’s whereabouts are unknown, but Shamima previously said in an interview in 2019 that she had heard that Sultana might still be alive.

A BBC News investigation in August revealed that Shamima Begum had been trafficked to Syria by an intelligence agent who was working for Canada at the time. The Canadian government said it would ‘follow up’ on the complaint.

Once in Syria she married a Dutch recruit and lived under IS for more than three years.

In 2019, the Times newspaper found Shamima nine months pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp. Her baby later died of pneumonia. She had previously reported missing two other children.

In an interview with the BBC’s ‘I’m Not a Monster Podcast’ in September 2021, Shamima Begum said she would spend the rest of her life regretting joining the Islamic State group (referred to as IS, ISIS and ISIL) and offered to help the UK fight terrorism. .

(22 November/FA)