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Shamima Begum: ISIS bride’s lawyer claims 400 jihadis have ALREADY returned to UK

Tasnime Akunjee, the 19-year-old’s lawyer, said Ms Begum must be brought back to the UK as the others who came back did not have their citizenship revoked. Ms Begum left the UK to join up with terror group ISIS in 2015. Since she announced her desire to return, a huge nationwide debate on whether she should be allowed back or not has erupted.

On Monday, it was announced the Londoner was granted legal aid in a bid to see her passage back to the UK restored.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the lawyer said: “There are 400 people who have returned, arguably in more culpable circumstances than her.”

In February, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced Ms Begum’s citizenship would be revoked.

Mr Akunjee branded that decision “inherently discriminatory” due to some of her family being from Bangladesh.

He added: “If your grandparents, parents and you are brown and therefore from another country, then you are a potential subset of people who could be stripped of their citizenship.

“If you are white and indigenous, you can’t fall into that category.”

The decision for her to be granted legal aid was described by the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as making him “very uncomfortable”.

But he added: “A country that believes that people with limited means should have access to the resources of the state if they want to challenge the decisions the state has made about them.”

The ISIS bride is receiving taxpayers’ money to pay for a legal bill which could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) agreed the decision which has been branded the decision as “disgusting” and “ridiculous”.

While living in the Syrian city of Raqqa, she married a Dutch jihadi named Yago Riedijk with whom she had three children.

All have since died from malnutrition and infection.

She allegedly stitched suicide bombers into explosive vests and carried an AK-47.

Ms Begum begged to come back to the UK but Mr Javid stripped her citizenship “in order to protect this country”.

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