ISIS bride Shamima Begum's bid to return to Britain has cost taxpayers over £30,000

JIHADI bride Shamima Begum’s bid to return to Britain has cost taxpayers more than £30,000.

Figures show her lawyers have claimed £14,500 in legal aid trying to win back her UK citizenship.

But sources say the true public bill is at least double that once Home Office staff costs and court time are added in.

Begum, 20, was stripped of her British status by former Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

That decision was ruled legal as she has Bangladeshi citizenship.

She had travelled to Syria with two other London schoolgirls in February 2015 to join IS.

But when The Times found Begum in Syria’s al-Roj refugee camp four years later, she already had two children and was expecting a third.


Tom Hickman QC, for Begum, told London’s Court of Appeal she should be allowed back to the UK to fight her citizenship battle in person.

He said Begum was left to “languish indefinitely” and could not have a “fair and effective appeal” which “is wrong in law”.

Mr Hickman added: “Because somebody has gone to Syria is not an indication they are a security risk.”

What did Shamima Begum do?

Begum and two pals – Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase – ran away to Syria in February 2015.

Begum used her elder sister’s passport to flee with her Bethnal Green Academy friends.

The trio flew to Turkey and then crossed the border into Syria with the aid of smugglers.

Within weeks of arriving, Shamima was married to Isis jihadi Yago Riedijk, 27, from Holland.

They had two children who died from malnutrition and disease.

The couple were separated as they fled Baghouz, the village where a few hundred Isis fighters were holed up in a desperate last stand.

Shamima ended up in a Kurdish refugee camp where she gave birth to her third child.

Eldest sister Renu revealed that her family had lost contact with her for the “longest time” until she was found by a Times journalist.

He said she could face the death penalty if she were sent to Bangladesh or Iraq and had been subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatment”.

But Sir James Eadie QC, for the Home Office, said it was Begum’s fault she could not take part in the appeal because she had “aligned with IS”.

The appeal hearing continues.

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