Sharma Begum left Bethnal Green, east London, in 2015 to join the Islamic State group in Syria IS bride she would “face the death penalty” for terrorism if she came to Bangladesh, the country’s foreign minister has said.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Abdul Momen, told the BBC that Ms Begum has “nothing to do” with his country.
Recall call that the 19-year-old, who left east London to join the Islamic State group in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship in February.
Begum claims to be a Bangladeshi nationality through her mother is believed to have triggered the Home Office’s decision.
The international law, states that it is illegal to deprive a person of citizenship if to do so would leave them stateless.
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Begum’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, told the BBC “in no way is she Bangladesh’s problem”.
Ms Begum is appealing against the Home Office’s decision.
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”The women and children no-one wants.”
Momen said, ”there was no question of giving Ms Begum Bangladeshi citizenship or allowing her into the country, piling pressure on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to settle her status.
“She has never sought Bangladeshi citizenship and her parents are also British citizens,” he told the BBC.
“The British government is responsible for her. They’ll have to deal with her.”
”If she did end up coming to Bangladesh, she would fall foul of the country’s “zero tolerance policy” towards terrorism.
“Bangladeshi law is very clear. Terrorists will have to face the death penalty,” he added.
The Home Office could reverse its decision “at any time” and doing so would “save British taxpayers a lot of money” in court costs and legal aid, Akunjee said.
“What Sajid Javid did in stripping Shamima of her citizenship is human fly tipping – taking our problems and dumping them on other countries,” he said.
The Home Office told the BBC it would not respond to Momen’s comments and had nothing further to add to its previous statement.
Heavily pregnant with her third child, she pleaded to return to the UK, claiming she had been “brainwashed” by Islamic State and now “regrets everything”.
She said she did not regret travelling to Syria but did not agree with everything the IS group had done.
Javid did not agree to her pleas, telling MPs he “won’t hesitate” to revoke her citizenship in the interests of national security.
He said, “If you back terror, there must be consequences.”
Soon afterwards, she gave birth to a boy called Jarrah. He died of pneumonia in March at less than three weeks of age. She had two other children who also died.
In the wake of the boy’s death, Javid was criticised over the decision to strip Ms Begum of her British citizenship.
Three weeks prior to the death, Ms Begum’s sister, Renu Begum, had written to Mr Javid asking him to help her bring the baby to the UK.