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Shamima Begum's sister asks government to help bring newborn baby to UK

Shamima Begum's sister asks government to help bring newborn baby to UK

The family of Shamima Begum - who left the United Kingdom to join the Islamic State group in Syria - have told the home secretary they are going to challenge his decision to revoke her United Kingdom citizenship.

They have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid distancing themselves from the teen and asking for his help to raise baby Jerah in the UK.

They added they were "shocked and appalled" by recent "vile comments" she has made about her continued support for the terror regime.

Renu said that when Shamima left for Syria in 2015, the family "went to every fathomable effort" to prevent her from reaching ISIS territory, but ultimately "lost" her to "a murderous and misogynistic cult".

Mr Javid has defended his move and insisted he would not leave an individual stateless - which is illegal under worldwide law - after Bangladesh denied she had citizenship there.

"It is clear to me that her exploitation at their hands has fundamentally damaged her", Renu wrote.

It was speculated that Ms Begum, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, may have citizenship there but Bangladesh's minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam denied this.

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"These are not representative of British values, and my family entirely reject the comments she has made, but. we as her family can not simply abandon her". This is not about us, nor the fact that Ms Begum rejected British values, citizenship, identity or whatever else.

In the letter to Sajid Javid, seen by the BBC, they say they "cannot simply abandon her" and that her status is "a matter for our British courts".

"I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart", Shamima Begum told Sky News from a refugee camp in eastern Syria.

Mr Javid's removal of her citizenship came amid heated debate over whether the teenager should be able to return to the United Kingdom after she was found in a Syrian refugee camp with the terror group's reign almost over.

The Muslim Council of Britain has warned Mr Javid's move heightens fears of "a two-tiered citizenship scheme, sets a unsafe precedent and demonstrates an abdication of responsibility".

Begum was only 15 when she fled east London with two other friends to travel to Syria to marry IS fighters in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment program lured many impressionable young people to its self-proclaimed caliphate. "We would want her agreement and consent of course", he said.

The teenager herself has said she is "willing to change" to be allowed back into her country of birth.

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