Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Shamima Begum’s lawyer denied access to Syrian camp

Tasnime Akujee travelled to Al Roj camp in the north-east of the country to visit her and offer legal advice

In previous interviews with the British media, ISIS runaway Shamima Begum said that she was “just a housewife” when she spent time in Raqqa, ISIS’s main Syrian stronghold until October 2017. REUTERS  
In previous interviews with the British media, ISIS runaway Shamima Begum said that she was “just a housewife” when she spent time in Raqqa, ISIS’s main Syrian stronghold until October 2017. REUTERS  

The lawyer of ISIS female fighter Shamima Begum, 19, has been denied access to the Syrian camp where she is staying.

Tasnime Akujee travelled to Al Roj camp in the north-east of the country to visit Ms Begum and offer legal advice, The Guardian reported.

Mr Akujee intends to begin the appeal against the British government’s decision to revoke Ms Begum’s UK citizenship.

“She can’t get legal advice and I have even been there and tried, but got detained for my efforts,” he said. “It cannot be that this is in any way just.”

Mr Akunjee arrived in Syria a day after Ms Begum’s newborn son died in the refugee camp, but after speaking to officials he was denied access to her.

“Intelligence officers at the camp have decided that no one is allowed in or out of the camp," he said. "Nothing gets in and nothing gets out, apart from food."

At the age of 15, Ms Begum and two schoolmates fled from east London through Turkey to Syria, where they were married off to ISIS fighters.

Former home secretary Amber Rudd then revoked her British citizenship.

About 150 people have had their British citizenship revoked since 2010.

Updated: April 2, 2019 03:16 PM

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