Shamima Begum's Child Death Was "Perfectly Avoidable", Says Former Met Chief

Shamima Begum was stripped of her British citizenship after fleeing the UK to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria aged 15

IS teen's baby dies following stripping of British citizenship

Three week old Jarrah's death certificate said he'd died of pneumonia.

Two Pakistani-origin sisters from London are believed to be the latest set of mothers to lose their British citizenship for marrying into the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria.

A Church of England bishop and a former director of public prosecutions criticised the home secretary as demand grew for Javid to review his controversial decision to strip the 19-year-old of British citizenship - a move that left her stateless with her child in legal limbo.

Shadow home secretary Dianne Abbott blamed Javid's decision to remove Begum's citizenship for the child's death, accusing him of breaking global law.

CCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport in 2015
Camera IconCCTV of Shamima Begum leaving at Gatwick Airport

The British government claimed Begum was a dual-national with access to Bangladeshi citizenship, but the Bangladeshi foreign ministry said in a statement that Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and her family tried to challenge the decision and ask for help in bringing her baby back to Britain. Begum, who left the February 2015, has said in recent media interviews that her son was named Jarrah.

Javid, during a weekend of criticism, was accused of moral cowardice and "treating the United Kingdom as a banana republic" in pursuit of his leadership ambitions after the death of Jarrah, Begum's son.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Mustefa Bali confirmed to AFP that the baby had since died, but declined to specify how or when it happened.

"The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family".

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"It's impossible to muster sympathy for her", author and academic Idrees Ahmad wrote in reference to Begum, according to the Post.

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Ed Davey said the boy will be remembered if courts rule that Javid acted "illegally in making a British citizen stateless", the Press Association reports. "Sadly in this case, as we know, it wasn't possible", he added.

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has consistently advised against travel to Syria since April 2011".

Two senior members of the government said on Saturday that the death was a tragedy but that the home secretary took the decision on grounds of national security.

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However, when questioned along similar lines by Andrew Marr, Mr Hunt replied that "sending a British Government official into a war zone where you're getting advice that those officials' lives may be put at risk is a very different matter".

"The Government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to unsafe conflict zones".

"It's a two-way thing, really", she told the BBC, adding that the suicide bomber that killed 22 civilians at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a "kind of retaliation" for bombardments of ISIS-held enclaves, adding, "So I thought, ok, that is a fair justification".

A Home Office spokesperson said: "We do not comment on individual cases".

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