ISIS bride Shamima Begum could be hanged in Bangladesh
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British-born ISIS bride Shamima Begum could face the death penalty for supporting terrorism if she went to Bangladesh, the country’s foreign minister told ITV news.
Abdul Momen said in a May 2 interview that his government “had nothing to do with” Begum and insisted she is not a citizen of Bangladesh.
Citing security concerns, the UK Home Office stripped the 19-year-old of British citizenship in February, blocking her return from Syria, where she remains in a refugee camp. The move is permissible under law provided it does not make Begum stateless. British authorities believed Begum is eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship.
The foreign minister said Begum could be arrested if she did go to Bangladesh and, if found guilty of involvement in terrorism, “she should be hanged.”
“If anyone is found to be involved with terrorism, we have a simple rule, there will be capital punishment. And nothing else,” Momen told ITV.
Begum has pleaded to be allowed to come back to the UK after running away from her London home in 2015 to travel to the so-called ISIS caliphate and join the jihadi terror cult.
She surfaced in Syria in February after escaping, along with other jihadi brides, from the last ISIS stronghold as it crumbled under the pressure of the allied forces.