The Government has won permission in the Supreme Court today to fight an earlier ruling allowing Shamima Begum to return to Britain.
Today’s Supreme Court decision means the ISIS bride and former Bethnal Green schoolgirl will be barred from entering the UK for the time being, while her case goes through the legal appeals process.
Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds in 2018.
However, the decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which granted Shamima Begum leave to return to the UK to fight the judgement.
The Government vowed to appeal the decision and today’s ruling at the Supreme Court paves the way for the government to fight the original Court of Appeal ruling.
Shamima Begum left the UK in 2015 to join ISIS and to assist the radical Islamist movement with their battle in Syria.
After the defeat of ISIS, many ISIS jihadists waged attempts to return to the UK. However, many Western governments took a hard line against this and Shamima Begum, along with several others, had her citizenship revoked.
In July 2020, however, the Court of Appeal ruled that Begum should be permitted to return to the UK in order for her to contest this decision.
Today’s ruling at the Supreme Court grants the Government right to fight this decision, which means that Shamima Begum will be barred from entering the country in the meantime.