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Jihadi bride Shamima Begum could RETURN to UK if government is defeated in Supreme Court today


MINISTERS fear a ­possible Supreme Court defeat today which would pave the way for runaway jihadi bride Shamima Begum’s UK return.

The Government has fought to stop her being granted the right to come back to appeal after she was stripped of her ­British passport.

Begum was 15 when she left Bethnal Green in East London and married an IS terrorist in Syria.

Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid tore up her citizenship on national security grounds when she was discovered pregnant in a refugee camp in 2019.

Now 21, she has been stuck in northern Syria ever since.

The Court of Appeal last year said she should be allowed home to pursue her appeal.

Ministers challenged it in the highest court of the land, which presents its judgement today.

Priti Patel said Begum coming back to the UK “would create significant national security risks” and expose the public to “an increased risk of terrorism”.

Government lawyer Sir James Eadie QC told the court the intelligence assessments gauged that Begum presented a serious threat “justifying the removal of her British citizenship and … the placing of serious impediments in the way of her return to the UK”.

He added: “She is assessed to pose a real and current threat to national security. She is aligned with Isis.

“During the four years she has spent in Islamic State territory she had undergone radicalisation and ‘desensitisation to violence’.”

The Supreme Court's verdict was last night shrouded in secrecy with the Home Office refused early sight of the judges’ decision.

Piers Morgan slams 'dangerous' ISIS bride Shamima Begum as she fights to return to UK from Syria

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