Shamima not to get Bangladesh citizenship  

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:53, Feb 09,2020 | Updated: 17:42, Feb 09,2020


Bangladesh has nothing to do to help ISIS member’s British wife Shamima Begum as she has no parental connections to claim Bangladesh citizenship, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday.

‘We have no concern over her citizenship,’ he told journalists, adding that ‘Shamima Begum is born a British. She lived as a British… She is a British national.’

Elaborating on the Bangladesh government’s clarification on Shamima’s parental links, he said her mother ‘is a British who had never applied for Bangladesh citizenship. Her fourteen generation is British. We have nothing do with her.’

Only point is, Momen said, Shamima’s father was ‘a Bangali once upon a time. He did not schoose to become a Bangladesh national. He is also not a holder of a dual citizenship.’

A person can apply for Bangladesh citizenship within seven years of his or her birth, the minister said, but they had never applied. Shamima too had never applied for Bangladesh citizenship.

Shamima Begum, who left Britain as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State in Syria, has lost the initial stage of her appeal against the decision of British Home Office to revoke her UK citizenship.

Momen described the revoking of Shamima’s citizenship as ‘a matter of regret’ and said she would be stateless if the British government does not accept her as a citizen.  

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