Shamima Begum


BRITISH teenager Shamima Begum has been granted legal aid to fight the Home Office’s decision to remove her citizenship.

The 19-year-old from east London, who left the UK for Syria in 2015 to join Daesh (Islamic State), has been awarded taxpayer cash to appeal against home secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke her citizenship. Taxpayers face a legal bill that could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, reported Daily Mail.

Tory MP Philip Davies said providing funding for a legal bill for someone who joined a group that wants to destroy Britain “disgusting”.

“It’s absolutely disgusting how we are funding this person who is someone who joined an organisation that wants to destroy our way of life and our country.

“How she has been allowed to sponge off taxpayers’ money to get back into a country that she hates is absolutely ridiculous.”

Fellow Tory MP Tim Loughton has accused her of  “playing the victim card”.

“This shows that the Home Secretary was right to strip her of British citizenship.

“Playing the victim card when she has clearly been an active and willing participant in the most barbaric terrorist organisation in the world has now been exposed for the lie it was and the UK should have nothing to do with her.”

In February, Javid Begum of her British citizenship in a bid to prevent her from coming back to the UK.

Although she is no longer a British citizen, she is entitled to funding if the case is held in a British court.