Shamima Begum, 22, dejó el Reino Unido. en 2015 unirse al Estado Islámico en Siria. A la edad de 15, se casó con un hombre que luego fue condenado por delitos de terrorismo.
Desde entonces, she has repeatedly pleaded to return to the U.K., even offering to help the government fight terrorism.
sin embargo, Richard Walton, who served as head of Counterterrorism at the Metropolitan Police between 2011 y 2016, said Thursday that Begum should see no leniency and should be treated “like the terrorist she is.”
“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 said 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.”
Begum had appeared on “Buenos Días Gran Bretaña” Wednesday morning to state her case that she could be “useful to society” and begged for the government to not let her “rot” in a refugee camp, the BBC informó.
Walton reminded viewers, aunque, that Home Secretary Sajid Javid at the time revoked Begum’s citizenship, stressing that “we should respect that decision.”
Begum has attempted several times to return to the U.K., incluyendo un 2019 push that involved a plea to return so she could care for her sick infant. The child died of pneumonia, and Begum said she had previously lost two children.
Begum stated that she was “sick” about her decision to join ISIS, and that she “odia” 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,” ella dijo.
Security agencies in the U.K. have indicated they do not believe Begum’s claims that she was just “a mother and wife,” and that she may have been involved in several ISIS activities, such as serving as part of the “morality police” and helping to stitch suicide bombers into explosive vests, The Daily Mail informó.