A former Britishcounterterrorism official has warned that the British girl who joined ISIS as a teenager should be treated as a terrorist should she return dwelling.
Shamima Begum, 22, left the U.Ok. in 2015 to affix the Islamic State in Syria. At the age of 15, she married a man who was later convicted of terrorism offenses.
Since then, she has repeatedly pleaded to return to the U.Ok., even providing to assist the federal authorities battle terrorism.
However, Richard Walton, who served as head of Counterterrorism on the Metropolitan Police between 2011 and 2016, acknowledged Thursday that Begum should see no leniency and should be treated “like the terrorist she is.”
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“She’s being treated as if she’s a gap-year student lost on a beach in Thailand when in fact she’s admitted to terrorist offenses, even in the interview she gave yesterday,” Walton acknowledged in an interview with GB News. “She said that she had joined Islamic State, that is a proscribed organization, and if you join a proscribed terrorist organization then you’ve committed a terrorist offense.”
“So she should be treated as a terrorist and not a lost gap-year student.”
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Begum had appeared on “Good Morning Britain” Wednesday morning to state her case that she might be “useful to society” and begged for the federal authorities to not let her “rot” in a refugee camp, the BBC reported.
Walton reminded viewers, although, that Home Secretary Sajid Javid on the time revoked Begum’s citizenship, stressing that “we should respect that decision.”
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Begum has tried a number of circumstances to return to the U.Ok., together with a 2019 push that concerned a plea to return so she might deal with her sick toddler. The toddler died of pneumonia, and Begum acknowledged she had beforehand misplaced two youngsters.
Begum acknowledged that she was “sick” about her dedication to affix ISIS, and that she “hates” herself for doing so.
“I have had these opinions for a very long time but only now I feel comfortable to express my real opinion,” she acknowledged.
Security firms all through the U.Ok. have indicated they do not take into consideration Begum’s claims that she was merely “a mother and wife,” and that she could have been concerned in a number of ISIS actions, akin to serving as a a a part of the “morality police” and serving to to sew suicide bombers into explosive vests, The Daily Mail reported.
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