Javid accused of ‘human fly-tipping’ over decision on Shamima Begum citizenship

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been accused of "human fly-tipping" over the decision to revoke the British citizenship of runaway Islamic State bride Shamima Begum.

Ms Begum, 19, was one of three schoolgirls to leave Bethnal Green to join the terror cult in 2015 and resurfaced at a Syrian refugee camp earlier this year.

Mr Javid cancelled the teenager's British citizenship in February in a move only permissible under international law if it does not leave the individual stateless.

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of east London schoolgirl Shamima Begum, going through security at Gatwick airport, before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, she is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum before catching a flight to Turkey in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, Shamima Begum is now heavily pregnant and wants to come home.
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Sahima Begum (sister of Shamima Begum) and Abase Hussen (father of Amira Abase ) leave the Houses of Parliament in London, after giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee after three schoolgirls are feared to have joined Islamic State in war-torn Syria.
Handout comp of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) Kadiza Sultana,16, Shamima Begum,15 and 15-year-old Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday. The three schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State.
The famiiles of Amira Abase and Shamima Begum after being interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, central London, as the relatives of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have pleaded for them to return home.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10 : In this photo taken from video, Shamima Begum's sister Sahima Begum attends an evidence session at Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, on three girls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in London, England on March 10, 2015. (Photo by House of Commons/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10 : In this photo taken from video, (L-R) Kadiza Sultana's Cousin Fahmida Aziz, Shamima Begum's sister Sahima Begum, Amira Abase's father Hussen Abase and Lawyer Tasnime Akunjee representing the families of the three schoolgirls missing in Syria attend an evidence session at Parliaments Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, on three girls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in London, England on March 10, 2015. (Photo by House of Commons/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Mohammed Akunjee, a lawyer representing the family of Ms Begum, has called for the decision to be overturned and an apology offered, accusing Mr Javid of using the case to further his political career.

In a letter published by the Times, Mr Akunjee said: "Your act represents the most profoundly egregious, capricious and politically-driven abuse of power.

"It was a unilateral, unprincipled response to the publishing of Mr Loyd's interview (with Ms Begum in a refugee camp), deployed as an artifice or device to further your own personal political objective of being Prime Minister.

"Ms Begum was a pawn to your vanity. Her baby died."

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Fifteen-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum, 15, were pictured at Gatwick airport in February 2015 (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Ms Begum, then heavily pregnant, was interviewed at the Al-Roj camp in northern Syria on February 13 this year and said she wished to return to the UK, as the self-styled caliphate collapsed.

Mr Akunjee wrote she feared about the quality of healthcare which would be offered to the then unborn child given her first and second child had both died.

The baby, named Jarrah, was born on February 16 and died of pneumonia on March 8, the letter said.

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The letter accuses Home Secretary Sajid Javid of making a 'cynical decision' (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Stripping citizenship is only legal if the individual has a second one, and it was thought Ms Begum may have a claim in Bangladesh because of her family background, but Bangladeshi officials denied this.

The letter said: "Shamima Begum's parents never contemplated a life for her in Bangladesh. They did not register her birth with the Bangladeshi High Commission.

"They did not take her to Bangladesh on holiday as a child. Indeed she has never visited the country.

"Rather, Shamima was born, raised, groomed and radicalised here in the UK.

"The suggestion that Shamima is to you genuinely a Bangladeshi citizen is unsustainable."

It added: "It is the responsibility of a British Secretary of State to deal with British problems.

"Rather than take responsibility for Shamima Begum and her son, you took a British problem and illegally dumped it on our innocent international neighbours.

"You have dishonourably left it to the Kurdish people to bear the financial and security burden of Shamima's safety and upkeep.

"You left them to minister to her sick child and to bury him. Through sleight of hand, you have sought to burden the Bangladeshis with her in the longer term.

"Your cynical decision amounts to human fly-tipping."

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