ISIS bride Shamima Begum has warned she faces being arrested and questioned if she returns to the UK.
She fled her east London home in 2015 to travel to Syria to support the terror group, but now wants to return to the UK ‘for the sake of her third child’, who was born at the weekend.
But Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the 19-year-old could expect to be ‘spoken to’ if she comes back to Britain.
ISIS bride Shamima Begum could be arrested and questioned if she returns to the UK
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (PA)
Who were the five Bethnal Green girls who went to join ISIS?
Sharmeena Begum – Flew to Turkey from London Heathrow in December 2014. No relation to Shamima.
Unnamed 15-year-old – tried to go to Turkey on the same 2014 flight but was stopped before take-off.
Shamima Begum – One of the three who flew from London Gatwick to Turkey in February 2015 and then went on to Syria. Has pleaded to be allowed to return to the UK with newborn son.
Amira Abase – Flew out in 2015 with Shamima who said in yesterday’s interview she did not know whether Ms Abase was still alive.
Kadiza Sultana – Also flew out in 2015. Believed to have been killed in an airstrike in 2016.
The Met Chief said counter-terrorism police officers will ‘deal with whatever they are confronted with’ if Begum returns to the UK.
Ms Dick said today: ‘If she does, under whatever circumstances, arrive at our borders somebody in her type of circumstances could expect, of course, to be spoken to and if there is the appropriate necessity, to be potentially arrested and certainly investigated.
‘If that results in sufficient evidence for a prosecution then it will result in sufficient evidence for a prosecution.
‘The officers will deal with whatever they are confronted with.’
There are currently plans to change the law to make travelling to certain terror hotspots a criminal offence, but this would not apply retrospectively to Begum.
Around 425 suspected jihadi fighters are thought to have returned to the UK from Syria so far.
Shamima Begum, 19 (pictured before she left the country four years ago) is pleading with the government to allow her back into Britain
Shamima is pictured walking through Gatwick Airport on February 17 2015 as she left the UK
Kadiza Sultana (left) and Amira Abase (right) from Bethnal Green in east London, travelled with Shamima Begum to Syria in 2015
ISIS bride ‘names newborn son after Islamic warlord’
British ISIS bride Shamima Begum has named her child after an Islamic warlord, historians have claimed.
Her chosen name for her son, Jerah, is thought to be in honour of Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, who commanded a section of the Rashidun Army in the 7th century.
Historian Tom Holland tweeted: ‘If she’d wanted to signal that she was returning to Britain in peace, she might have considered naming her baby after someone other than Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, a general from the early days of the Arab conquests chiefly famed for beating the c**p out of infidels.
‘I guess, in a sense, she stands in the long tradition of British youth, flicking a V at the establishment. But punks were never complicit in genocide.’
Jerah was also the name of Begum’s first son, who died when she was living under ISIS.
Ms Dick said: ‘This case and other cases that are talked about in the same sentences just really underline how awful the circumstances are and have been in Syria and just how dangerous it has been, and would continue to be, for anybody from this country to think of travelling there. Dangerous physically and dangerous legally.
‘If there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution it is our job to look at the threat they pose if they are returning from Syria and we do that with every single person who comes back from Syria and then manage the risk with colleagues in the (security and intelligence) agencies.’
Begum ran away to marry an ISIS fighter four years ago – but now wants to return to the UK after the terror group’s so-called ‘caliphate’ crumbled into dust.
The young mother also shrugged off the murders of British terror victims in an interview as she claimed they were ‘retaliation’ for the war being fought against ISIS.
On Monday Begum told the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville that she’s prepared to be jailed, was a ‘poster girl’ for the group and still has ‘sympathy’ for IS.
Shamima Begum (left), who appeared on Sky News on Sunday pleading for sympathy, is like a shell-shocked First World War soldier, her lawyer Tasnime Akunjee (right) claimed
Begum has named her son Jerah, in what historians say is homage to an Islamic warlord
It also emerged that Begum has called her son Jerah, in what historians have interpreted as a reference to Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, a 7th century Islamic warlord.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has vowed to block Begum from returning to the UK, telling MPs this week that no British troops would be used to rescue any Britons who travelled to Syria to support terrorism.