Shamima Begum says she wants to go to court in the UK to fight “totally false” claims that she committed atrocities and insists that she was “nursed” by ISIS – but says she STILL with her jihad Husband is married as she languishes in a Syrian refugee camp
- Shamima Begum, 22, said she was ready to stand on trial to return to the UK
- Begum, who fled to IS as a child bride in 2015, denies participating in terrorism
- “I didn’t hate the UK, I really hated my life,” she told a Sky News interviewer
- Begum remains in the Syrian al-Roj prison camp after losing her British citizenship
Former ISIS bride Shamima Begum has announced that she is ready to be tried in the UK for a chance to return after her citizenship has been revoked.
Begum left her home in east London in 2015 as a 15-year-old school student to go to Syria.
Insisting that she did not hate Britain when she fled to Syria to join the terrorist group, Begum, 22, reiterated her plea for a chance to tackle the allegations against her in court.
She denies any involvement in terrorist activity and previously spoke of how she was going to be brought back to Britain to face charges.
In an interview with Sky News, she reiterated that she had denied the allegations that she had committed atrocities within the framework of IS (the so-called Islamic State) and said they were “all totally wrong”.
Shamima Begum, 22, who was pictured at al-Roj prison camp in Syria in September, said she was ready to return to the UK to stand trial
Begum has “Hopes and Dreams” but no Plan B if her citizenship is not restored.
She told the broadcaster: “I am ready to fight them in court, but I am not given a chance.”
Begum said her decision to leave the UK as a teenager was not made quickly and she “thought about it for a while”.
She said, “I didn’t hate Britain, I really hated my life.
“I felt very constricted and as a British woman I couldn’t live the life I wanted in Britain.
“I feel like the only crime I committed was coming here, so I would be ready to go to jail for it. But for the allegations against me, I just have to fight them. ‘
Begum remains in the Syrian refugee camp al-Roj, which she said has become a “scary” place to live.
She said, “It hasn’t been violent for a long time, but for some reason it has become more scary to live here. Maybe women are fed up with waiting for something. ‘
She said that she would like to be reconciled with her family “when the time is right”, adding, “I don’t think they let me down, in a way I let them down”.
Begum previously told how, 10 days after arriving in IS territory, she married the Dutch convert Yago Riedijk and had three children, all of whom died.
She said when she goes to sleep she thinks of ‘my children are dying, the bombings, the constant running, my friends are dying’.