Shamima Begum could launch terror attacks and recruit new ISIS soldiers if she’s allowed back in the UK, Sajid Javid has warned.
The Home Secretary has defended the decision to strip the 19-year-old of her British citizenship – a decision that is expected to be challenged in the courts.
Begum, currently in a refugee camp in northern Syria, is now thought to be ‘stateless’ but she wants to return to the UK to raise her newborn son, whose father is an ISIS soldier.
Mr Javid, speaking on ITV’s Peston, admitted he may be powerless to exclude the 19-year-old from Bethnal Green after other countries refused to take her.
Bangladesh have said the teenager, born and raised in London, is not a citizen despite her parents heritage in the sub-continent country.
The Home Secretary said: "Then let’s say they’re in the UK and they radicalise others, they groom others, they carry out a terrorist attack themselves or incite others to do that.
"What about the danger and risk to the country of that?
"What about the impact on community cohesion if people come back to the country and use that to radicalise others? I have to weigh that up too.
"These are people who chose to leave the UK and join a terrorist organisation that hates the UK and everyone who lives in the UK."
The Home Secretary admitted Britain may end up having to take her back.
He told Peston: "I would not take a decision and I believe none of my predecessors ever have taken a decision that at the point the decision is taken would leave that individual stateless."
In a series of interviews from the refugee camp the teenager has said she does not regret joining ISIS and said the Manchester Arena bombing was ‘justified’.
Discussing the case on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, presenter Adil Ray slammed Sajid Javid.
He said: "I know it’s uncomfortable for some people to hear and to comprehend, but as a British Asian, when you see something like this…
"Of course, like everybody else I have no sympathy for her, I want her to suffer the harshest punishment, because what she did was an absolute disgrace.
"However, as a British Asian, what Sajid Javid is saying – because I’m British Asian, because of where my father was born 80 years ago, there is a small chance I might not be British.
"This country, my father came here, Sajid Javid’s father came here, for a better life, for a fairer life.
"This country says that even when you do something wrong, we are going to protect you in a court of law, even when you do something wrong.
"Most of us will abide by the law, but what Sajid Javid is saying for people like me now, if you put a foot wrong you could be seen as not being British.
"That is a really dangerous precedent that can be seen as being racist."
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