A lawyer representing Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join ISIS and now wants a return says that he hopes to help her appeal against the decision to strip her of British citizenship “as soon as possible”.
Tasnime Akunjee, who is working on behalf of the teenager’s relatives, also said her family is “quite eager” to hear what steps the home secretary will take to ensure her five-day-old son is brought back to the UK.
On Thursday night, Shamima Begum’s sister Renu sent a letter to Sajid Javid – and wrote the newborn child “is the one true innocent and should not lose privilege of being raised in the safety of this country”.
In the letter, which was obtained by the BBC, she added: “We are sickened by the comments she has made… we hope you will understand that we, as her family, cannot simply abandon her.”
However, Shamima Begum has previously said that she does not want to be separated from her baby, and the lawyer admitted: “No one can stand in the way of a mother and what her decision-making process around her child should be – unless she is deemed unfit by a psychiatrist.”
Javid has insisted Shamima Begum will not be left “stateless” – something which is banned under international law. The home secretary has confirmed that her son is a British citizen, as he was born before her citizenship was removed.
The development comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told reporters that he believes “she should be brought back” and questioned over her actions, but that stripping her citizenship was “not the right thing to do”.