In a TV interview this morning (September 15), Shamima Begum apologized to the British people, saying the killing of innocent people by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) is “unjust”.
The 22-year-old from east London has been revoked her British citizenship by the Home Office on national security grounds, and is currently living in a camp in Syria.
She left the UK at the age of 15 as one of three schoolgirls who, in 2015, traveled to Syria to join IS. The British government has said that they will not be allowed to return to Britain.
Begum told ITV good morning uk In a live interview: “I know it is very hard for the British people to try to forgive me because they live in fear of IS and have lost loved ones because of IS, but I also live in fear of IS. And I have also lost love because of Isis, so I can sympathize with them in this way.
“I know it is very difficult for them to forgive me, but I say from the bottom of my heart that if I have ever hurt anyone by coming here, if I have ever hurt anyone with my words, I will be very have regret.”
The Begum – who appeared to distance herself from her former life in Isis – said she had come to Syria simply hoping to get married, have children and “live a pure, Islamic life”.
She appeared in interviews wearing a Nike baseball cap, gray vest, her hair loose and painted nails.
The Begum said: “The reason I came to Syria was not for violent reasons… At the time I didn’t know it (ISIS) was a death cult, I thought it was an Islamic community I was joining.
“I was being given a lot of information on the Internet by people.”
She said she thought she was “crafted and taken advantage of and manipulated” to travel to Syria.
Begum also denied being directly involved in terrorist activities.
comes after Daily Telegraph reported that the Begum was a “promoter” in Isis’s “ethics police”, and she tried to recruit other young women to join the group.
An anti-Isis activist told Granthshala That Begum is separately accused of sewing suicide bombers into explosive vests, so they “cannot be removed without detonating”.
Begum told GMB’s presenters: “I am prepared to go to court and face those people and refute these claims, because I know I have done nothing in IS but be mother and wife.
He said, ‘These claims are being made to make me look bad as the government has nothing on me.
“There’s no proof because nothing ever happened.”
She said: “I would rather die than go back to IS.”
Begum also apologized to those who have been affected by the activities of ISIS and the terrorist group.
She said: “Of course I am completely sorry to anyone who has been affected by Isis.
“I don’t agree in any way with what they did – I don’t – I’m not trying to justify what they did, it’s not fair to kill innocent people in the name of religion.”
The Begum said she regretted her actions and apologized for the comments she made earlier about the Manchester Arena bombing.
In 2017, 22 victims were killed and more than 1,000 were injured after a bomber detonated a bomb at a concert at the Manchester Arena.
After she was found by a BBC reporter in a Syrian camp in 2019, she claimed – when asked about the Manchester bombing – that it was wrong to kill innocent people, but that Isis did it by an ISIS-organized coalition. considered appropriate as retaliation for the bombing. Area.
In that interview, he also said that he has no regrets about joining Isis.
But now, in the new interview, she said: “I don’t believe that one evil justifies another evil. I don’t think women and children should be killed for other people’s purposes and other people’s agenda.
She continued: “I didn’t know people were killed, I didn’t know women and children were hurt because of it.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid hit back at Begum’s claim that she played no role in ISIS terrorism.
Earlier, the Begum had said that she was “very confident that she” [Javid] Will change my mind about my citizenship” if the pair met face to face.
Mr Javid said the decision to revoke his citizenship was “absolutely correct, but also legally correct and is right to protect the British people.”
Referring to his decision by the Home Secretary to take away his citizenship, he said: “I won’t go into the details of the case, but I will say that you certainly didn’t see what I saw.”
He continued: “If you had known what I knew, because you are sensible, responsible people, you would have made exactly the same decision – I have no doubt about that.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /