The Begum became the bride of Isis at the age of just 15, but now she wants to apologize to Britain and return home.
Shamima Begum told how she thought she was “doing the right thing as a Muslim” when she first fled Britain to join Isis in Syria, believed to be in an interview on Wednesday There was the “Cult of Death”.
The Begum has been trying to return to the UK, where she grew up, since 2019, but the Home Office revoked her British citizenship in 2020, saying she should never be allowed to return.
During her first live interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, she promised to assist authorities in the UK in the fight against ISIS terrorists and vowed to face any legal consequences of her decision as long as she can return home. .
Reflecting on her decision to flee in 2015, Begum explained: “I didn’t want to hurt anyone in Syria or anywhere else in the world.
“At the time, believe me, I didn’t know it was a death cult, I thought it was an Islamic community I was joining, and at that point, I started to become very religious.
“There was a lot of information being given to me on the internet by ISIS people that I needed to come, I couldn’t be a good Muslim in the UK, and my family would drag me down with them.”
She said she “made a mistake too young” and asked the British people to forgive her, even though it would be hard.
The Begum continued: “They are living in fear of IS and have lost loved ones to IS – but I am also living in fear of IS and have lost loved ones of IS.”
She concluded: “I say from the bottom of my heart that I am deeply sorry if I ever offended anyone.”
Begum apologized for her previous interviews, where she refused to admit that she had made a mistake in joining IS, and claimed that she was not fully aware of the terrorist group’s crimes at the time.
She also claimed that the government “clearly does not know what they are doing in the fight against terrorism in the UK”, and suggested that it would be able to help by being inside Isis.
But, Health Secretary Sajid Javid – home secretary back in 2019 – told Good Morning Britain on Wednesday it was “the absolutely right decision to protect the British people” and that the Begum’s return to the UK was not allowed.
He said the Supreme Court supported his decision.