Who are Shamima Begum's parents and what have they said about ISIS bride as she ... trends now

Who are Shamima Begum's parents and what have they said about ISIS bride as she ... trends now
Who are Shamima Begum's parents and what have they said about ISIS bride as she ... trends now

Who are Shamima Begum's parents and what have they said about ISIS bride as she ... trends now

As ISIS bride Shamima Begum loses her latest appeal over the removal of her British citizenship - her parents once again face uncertainty about her fate.

Begum, 24, has been on a losing streak with the British legal system ever since then-Home Secretary Sajid Javed stripped her of her nationality status in February 2019.

At the time, Begum had recently resurfaced in a Syrian refugee camp and her apparent lack of remorse or empathy with terror victims led to security fears if she were to return to Britain.

Her parents, Ahmed Ali and Asma Begum, were left to pick up the pieces when she fled home in Bethnal Green, east London, as a radicalised schoolgirl in February 2015.

Shamima Begum travelled to Syria to join ISIS alongside her schoolfriends Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 - nicknamed the 'Bethnal Green trio'.

Shamima Begum, 24, has been on a losing streak with the British legal system ever since then-Home Secretary Sajid Javed stripped her of her nationality status in February 2019

Shamima Begum, 24, has been on a losing streak with the British legal system ever since then-Home Secretary Sajid Javed stripped her of her nationality status in February 2019

Ahmed Ali says the UK government should have done more to investigate how his daughter was able to leave her home in east London for Syria aged just 15

Ahmed Ali says the UK government should have done more to investigate how his daughter was able to leave her home in east London for Syria aged just 15

All three girls married foreign jihadists. Sultana was killed in an airstrike in May 2016 while planning to escape back to the UK, while Abase's whereabouts is unknown.

Begum's father, Ahmed Ali, moved to England in 1975 and later returned to his village in Bangladesh in 1990 to marry his first wife, Asma Begum. 

The couple moved to east London and had four daughters - with Shamima the youngest.

Mr Ali later returned to Bangladesh and got married for a second time. Most recently, he came to Bangladesh.

In September 2022, Asma Begum gave evidence to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in an attempt to get her daughter back to Britain.

In a statement, she said: 'My youngest daughter is even more present in my mind, the one I think about almost every hour of every day. When she left home in 2015, our worlds fell apart.

'Her drawers are still full, her perfume, pens and jewellery, her clothes are still there. Her pyjamas are folded neatly.

'Her school blazer is still hanging on the door in the front room, just as it was when she left. On the last birthday she spent with us before she left, she did not want a cake but wanted a pizza with candles on it instead. She was so happy that day. 

'On each of her birthdays since she left we order pizza and still celebrate her birthdays. It was always sad but we look forward to the birthday party we will have when she is back with us.'

Begum's father Mr Ali has previously called for a U-turn on the decision so she can return to the UK and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. 

The 65-year-old also blamed British immigration for allowing his daughter to flee from the country without a passport.

Shamima Begum appearing in a 2021 interview, where she begged for forgiveness and insisted she was a victim - not a terrorist or a criminal

Shamima Begum appearing in a 2021 interview, where she begged for forgiveness and insisted she was a victim - not a terrorist or a criminal

Begum was just 15 years old when she ran away to Syria to join ISIS with two friends from school

Just ten days after arriving she was married to a Dutchman named Yago Riedijk and the couple had three children

The former jihadi bride has been battling to come back to Britain since 2019 after she was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp

Mr Javid had previously said he would not make a decision that would render a person stateless while Begum's family has insisted she is not a dual citizen. The case is pending in the courts.

Mr Ali, told The Associated Press in an interview in his Bangladeshi village that he would still request that the British government allow his daughter to come back.

'My child was only 15 years old when she fled, she was immature,' said Ali, who lives in the northeastern Bangladeshi district of Sunamganj with his second wife. The area is 112 miles northeast of Dhaka, the capital.

'I would ask the British government not to cancel her citizenship, to return her citizenship, and if she is guilty, bring her back to Britain and give her punishment there,' he said.

He criticised the British authorities for failing to address the issue when Begum's classmate Sharmeena Begum fled to join the ISIS a month before the Bethnal trio.

'One girl went there a month [earlier]. The British government should have been alarmed about the matter, and they should have also inquired at the school to find out how she fled, since she was a student,' he said. 

'Then a month later, three more students fled. The authorities should investigate at the school why these students fled. They were not adults.

'The British immigration system is very informed, the most informed system in the world. I always say how did

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