ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s brother-in-law backs decision to revoke citizenship

ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s brother-in-law backs decision to revoke citizenship

The brother-in-law of ISIS bride Shamima Begum has urged Brits to support the government’s decision to strip her of her UK citizenship.

Last night it emerged the Home Office had made the decision to revoke her British passport.

Shamima, 19, had said she wants to return to the UK, four years after leaving to join ISIS in Syria.

Muhammad Rahman, 36, said today that the British public should get behind the government revoking the 19-year-old’s passport.

Mr Rahman’s brother is married to Shamima’s sister Renu.

He said: "I think we should support it, they [the government] are the people who are in the position to make the decision.

"The people who are making these decisions are doing it for the country.

"They don’t have an easy job, you can’t please everyone.

"The information they have is to the best of their ability and the British people should support it.

"I last spoke to Shamima when she was very young. I think it is upsetting for my sister-in-law and her side of the family."

Speaking hours after the teenager’s family revealed she will never be able to return to the UK, he added: "I have made comments and it’s upset them.

"I don’t know Shamima, I last saw her when she was very young.

"It sounds bad but it doesn’t affect my life, it affects her family who I am not that close to.

"I don’t want to upset my sister-in-law but I don’t really know that side of the family.

"They are extended family, I think it’s often like that."

Meanwhile Bangladesh’s government has said Shamima’s plight has "nothing to do" with them after the UK’s controversial decision to strip her of her citizenship.

Her parents are from Bangladesh, but the Bagladeshi foreign affairs ministry has confirmed she does not hold dual citizenship.

Today Bangladesh’s interior minister Asaduzzaman Khan today told journalists: "This is a matter of the British government. Bangladesh has nothing to do with this."

And Shahrial Alam, state minister of foreign affairs, told The Guardian : "The government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that [Begum] has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship." 

And the Netherlands have scuppered her hopes of being allowed to return to Europe, as she does not meet their criteria.

She had married Dutch jihadist Yago Riedijk in Syria.

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