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

PIERS Morgan today blasted "dangerous" ISIS bride Shamima Begum, declaring he "doesn't trust her" as she fights to return to the UK from Syria.

The no-nonsense GMB presenter made his comments as lawyers for Begum, 21, say she should be allowed to return to fight a decision to strip her of UK citizenship.



During an interview with The Times in 2019, Ms Begum told how she had sewn IS suicide bombers into their suicide vests – and soon after, then Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her UK citizenship to stop her from ever coming back. 

Speaking with Ms Begum's family lawyer on Good Morning Britain today, Piers blasted the idea of letting her return to the UK.

He said: "When she was 19 she compared the Manchester bombing to people being killed on the ISIS side and said it was justified.

"I'm sorry, she goes over there, has a number of children by an ISIS fighter; she's completely indoctrinated by these assassins and then she says the slaughter of young pop fans in this country is justified.

"I don't trust her, I think she's dangerous, I think she's radicalised and I don't understand why on earth she can't face justice in Syria where she chose to make a bed with an ISIS fighter."

In 2019, Ms Begum told a BBC reporter that she believes it's wrong innocent people were killed in the 2017 blast, which took place during an Ariana Grande concert.

But she said she felt differently at the time of the attack: "It's a two-way thing really," she said during the interview.

"Because women and children are being killed in Islamic State right now, and it's a kind of retaliation… their justification was it's retaliation so I thought 'OK, that is a fair justification'."

'POSSIBLE THREAT'

Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee today told Good Morning Britain there’s "always a possibility" that Begum poses a threat in Britain but said she should be returned.

And responding to Piers' reference to the Manchester bombings, Mr Akunjee said: "The government made it quite clear that the appropriate thing for those involved in the bombing, i.e Mr Abidi, was for them to be extradited in the UK and to face UK justice in a UK trial being judged by a jury of his peers.

"We say it’s rather important that that took place in that case."

Piers argued that the Manchester terror attack took place in the UK, whereas Begum committed her crimes abroad.

GMB guest and anti ISIS campaigner Macer Gifford agreed, saying: “She has been classified by MI5 as a real and current threat to national security."

He added: "I totally agree that she should face justice in Syria, the place where she committed her crimes.

I don't trust her, I think she's dangerous, I think she's radicalised and I don't understand why on earth she can't face justice in Syria where she chose to make a bed with an ISIS fighter.

“We’ve got to put the British public first on this one. Lives are at stake.”

It comes after Piers went on a vicious rant about the ISIS bride last year, saying she should go "f*** herself" and she deserves to "rot in hell".

Begum was just 15 when she fled school in 2015 to join the Islamic death cult. 

She later wed an IS fighter and had three children, who have all since died. 

After the regime collapsed, Begum ended up in a refugee camp where The Times interviewed her.

Begum’s lawyer, Lord Pannick QC, told the Supreme Court today any threat could be managed if she did return to the UK. 

He said: “It cannot be assumed that because Miss Begum travelled through Syria and aligned herself with IS that this construes a continuing threat or the degree of threat she will pose on her return.” 

Lord Pannick played down Begum’s claims in her interview with The Times, where she said she had no regrets about joining IS and was not fazed by seeing decapitated heads in bins. 

He said she had given a later interview and added: “I want to draw the court’s attention to the fact that there’s a second interview in which Miss Begum told the journalist she made the comments to protect herself from violence from supporters of IS in the camp – to protect herself and her child.” 

The lawyer said any threat posed by Begum on her return to the UK could be managed either through prosecution or by imposing a terrorism prevention and investigation measure (TPIM). 

He said around 400 people who had travelled to Syria or Iraq has since returned and been dealt without harm to the public. 

It comes after Sir James Eadie QC told the Supreme Court this week that the public's safety would be put at "serious risk" if Ms Begum returned to the UK.

Amid fears other IS brides could take advantage of a Begum victory, he warned: "If you force the Secretary of State to facilitate a return to the UK or if you allow the substantive appeal, the effect is to create potentially very serious national security concerns."

Sir James told the panel of five judges they should overturn an earlier appeal court ruling in July which backed Begum. 

He said those who joined IS had been "radicalised and desensitised". 

'RADICALISED' & 'DESENSITISED'

And he pointed to the Times interview where Begum told how she had no regrets about joining the death cult and was not fazed by seeing discarded heads in bins.

Sir James warned: "Those who have travelled to align and then have aligned (with IS) pose a clear and serious threat specifically on return.” 

He added: “The threat would increase significantly if they were to return to the UK.” 

Begum's supporters claim the court should take into account her young age when she left Bethnal Green, East London, with two school pals in February 2015.

But Sir James said: “There have been no findings or allegations of trafficking or grooming made. 

“National security concerns are very, very real, very serious, and not undermined a jot by the fact she went when she was very young.”

Begum's lawyers say she cannot pursue "a fair and effective appeal" while living in a refugee camp. 

Lord Pannick QC, for Begum, told the court this week that officials had not alleged Begum fought, trained or took part in terror activities or had any role in IS. 

Liberty has also intervened in the case, with its lawyers arguing leaving Begum stateless exposes her to "rendition or targeted drone strikes".

The two-day hearing continues.


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