JIHADI bride Shamima Begum has been pictured in her refugee camp after being told she CAN return to the UK – but ‘will face being arrested’.
The 20-year-old was filmed in Syria having ditched her Islamic dress and instead donning western clothes including jeans, a shirt and a blue hat.
She can be seen walking away from the camera as she refused to speak with ITV News, who approached her in Camp Roj in the northern part of the war-torn country.
Begum, then aged 15, was one of three Bethnal Green girls to leave Britain in 2015 to join ISIS.
Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her citizenship on national security grounds last February after Times journalist Anthony Lloyd found her, nine months pregnant, in Syria.
She was seen shortly after wearing full black Islamic dress and burka in a refugee camp, her newborn baby having died.
Upon her return to Britain Begum is likely to be arrested and questioned, before facing trial on terror-related charges, reports the Mirror.
The bombshell ruling could now open the door for 150 ‘terrorists’ – including other ISIS brides and fighters – to make similar audacious bids to return to Britain.
And her brother-in-law and electrician Mohammed Rahman said last night he is “stuck between a rock and a hard place”.
He said: “She’s part of my extended family. I am not going to try and cause any rifts between me and my brother.
“I’m very uncomfortable with the whole situation. I’m in between a rock and a hard place. I have my own opinions. I don’t want to offend anyone.”
He added: “I’m not very close with my brother’s wife – I’ve met Shamima, but only at family functions. There’s a big age difference between me and her anyway. That’s it.
“I have sympathy for her family. It’s a tough thing for a family to lose a child, but that’s as far as I’ll go.
“I only found out she went to Syria on the news. I didn’t even know. They didn’t broach it with me. You take the hint.”
Senior judges said yesterday that Begum, who left aged 15, should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge being denied her British citizenship.
It is a “bitter blow” for the government who revoked her citizenship last year – sparking an appeal which has cost taxpayers more than £30,000 so far.
What did Shamima Begum do?
Begum used her elder sister’s passport to flee with her Bethnal Green Academy friends.
The trio flew to Turkey and then crossed the border into Syria with the aid of smugglers.
Within weeks of arriving, Shamima was married to Isis jihadi Yago Riedijk, 27, from Holland.
They had two children who died from malnutrition and disease.
The couple were separated as they fled Baghouz, the village where a few hundred Isis fighters were holed up in a desperate last stand.
Shamima ended up in a Kurdish refugee camp where she gave birth to her third child.
Eldest sister Renu revealed that her family had lost contact with her for the “longest time” until she was found by a Times journalist.
One source said today: “Why should anyone who leaves the UK to join ISIS then complain when they have their British passport taken away?
“Shamima Begum made a conscious choice to go to a terrorist warzone, where she has now been stranded.
“She’s not able to appeal her case in person as a direct result. Many people will rightly ask, ‘Where’s the unfairness in that?'”
The Court of Appeal ruled: “Fairness and justice must, on the facts of this case, outweigh the national security concerns, so that the leave to enter appeals should be allowed.”
But Lord Justice Flaux – sitting with Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Singh – said: “The only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal.”
Begum was one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS.
After initially marrying an ISIS fighter and sewing terrorists into suicide vests, she was found pregnant more than three years later in a Syrian refugee camp – but her baby boy died not long after being born.
Figures show her lawyers have claimed £14,500 in legal aid trying to win back her UK citizenship – but sources say the true public bill is at least double and tops £30,000.
When she was discovered and stripped of her citizenship, her own dad slammed her choice to run away to join the terror group.
Ahmed Ali said he was “on the side of the government” and condemned her lack of remorse before claiming he was misquoted.
Now that she is able to leave the camp in Syria and return to the UK to launch her appeal, it is likely the Government would struggle to send Begum back to a war-torn country – even if she fails to get citizenship back.
Sajid Javid warned: “Most critically, allowing her and indeed other terrorists back into the UK to pursue an appeal would create a real security risk that cannot be fully mitigated, even with the diversion of significant resources.
“If Ms Begum does come to this country it will prove impossible to remove her.”
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Following the ruling a Home Office spokesperson said: “This is a very disappointing decision by the Court. We will now apply for permission to appeal this judgement, and to stay its effects pending any onward appeal.
“The Government’s top priority remains maintaining our national security and keeping the public safe.”
Lord Justice Flaux ruled “the national security concerns about her could be addressed and managed if she returns to the United Kingdom”.
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