Shamima Begum joined IS with eyes open, UK lawyers says

Shamima Begum joined IS with eyes open, UK lawyers says

Nov 24, 2022 by BBC

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  • But at a hearing on Thursday, government lawyers defending the decision said it didn't matter Ms Begum was only 15 when she travelled there.
  • Sir James Eadie KC, on behalf of the government, said: "You could well have been radicalised and manipulated at an age when you are vulnerable... but nevertheless however unfortunate it might be you are now a risk.
  • He went on: "She travelled for the purpose of aligning with Isil, and once in Syria she did in fact align with Isil.
  • Ms Begum's lawyers argue the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid should have taken into account she was trafficked to Syria for sexual exploitation purposes when making his decision in 2019.

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