Family of ISIS bride Shamima Begum urge UK government to give them custody of her unborn child to take the burden off the taxpayer
- Shamima Begum’s family want to be allowed to take in and raise her unborn child
- They accept the she may be jailed but want to take burden of baby off the state
- A relative added it would also allow Ms Begum to take her child back eventually
- The pregnant 19-year-old, from Bethnal Green, fled to Syria to join ISIS in 2015
The family of Jihadi bride Shamima Begum have asked the government to give them custody of her unborn child if she is allowed to return to the country and given a prison sentence.
The pregnant 19-year-old, from Bethnal Green, is afraid her child will be taken away from her if she does return to Britain.
Her family are now urging the government to let them have the baby to avoid putting the burden on the taxpayer.
Ms Begum, whose baby is due to be born any day now, has previously failed to show any remorse for fleeing Britain in 2015 and joining ISIS.
Shamima Begum, 19, is pleading with the Government to allow her back into the country, with her family saying that they would raise her child
While there, she married Dutch Muslim convert Yago Riedijk and bore him two children who both died as babies.
Now she wants to return so that her third baby can be raised in the UK.
Muhammad Rahman, 36, whose brother is married to Ms Begum’s elder sister Renu, told The Sunday Telegraph: ‘Her parents would want custody of the baby. They would want to look after their grandchild.
‘I don’t think people, feeling the way many do about what Shamima has done, would want the state to pick up the burden of looking after the child.’
He added that it was ‘in their culture’ to look after the child if Ms Begum was unable to, before explaining that the ISIS bride would feel better if her parents were looking after the newborn if she was jailed.
After serving any sentence, Ms Begum could then be reunited with her child, added her relative.
Facebook picture of Dutch ISIS fighter Yago Riedijk (now aged 26 and detained in Syria) and husband of Shamima Begum, taken in 2011
Earlier, her family called for the government to bring her back ‘urgently’.
Her parents added that her unborn baby is a ‘total innocent’ who has the right to grow up in the ‘peace and security’ of the UK.
Ms Begum was one of three Bethnal Green Academy schoolgirls who joined the terrorist group four years ago.
The Government has indicated it will not allow her to return but her family said they would now be consulting a lawyer.
Electrician Mr Rahman added that her family are seeing legal advice to try and force the government to allow her to return.
Ms Begum’s family accept that she may be persecuted and have to undergo intensive rehabilitation but add that she should not be barred from her home.
Ms Begum’s family believe that they would be able to ‘fix’ her if she was allowed back into the UK
Mr Rahman also admitted that her family realise why so many people are against Ms Begum’s return to the country, but stressed that she was 15 when she left and had ‘surely been brainwashed’.
He also insisted that ‘some sort of rehabilitation’ should be tried and that her family want to be reunited again.
In an impassioned call, he said that people in the UK could show that they are ‘compassionate’ and ‘look for the best in people’.
Mr Rahman repeated that the family were stunned when they learned about Ms Begum’s move to Syria and that they would have stopped her if they knew what was happening.
Ms Begum’s parents believe that they can ‘fix’ her if she is allowed back in to the UK, he said.