Dhaka also said that the woman never applied for dual citizenship with Bangladesh and has never even visited the country.
Four years ago, Shamima Begum travelled to Syria to marry a Daesh* fighter, but she now wants to return to Britain after giving birth in a refugee camp last week. She was stripped of her British citizenship on Tuesday by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Radio Sputnik discussed this development with Dr Lars Gule, an academic researcher specialising in terrorism, extremism and Islam at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
Sputnik: Obviously, this is actually causing a lot of debate in various countries; not least the UK that is talking about this specific case of Ms Begum. How just was the decision of the UK authorities to strip this lady of her British citizenship, do you believe?
Lars Gule: I think it is a very unwise decision. Now there is a question here of dual citizenship and note that is a legal matter and the British authorities will have to work that out. But regardless of those legal considerations, I think there are two reasons why these so-called "foreign fighters" should be allowed back and especially their children. Number one is the humanitarian reason: they are the responsibility of the countries where they are citizens.
Thus, they will be free and then they will start roaming around in the Middle East and eventually they will return. And children, now maybe 6-7 years old, in some years' time they will knock on the doors of their respective governments and demand to be let in. Then, they might be a security problem, having grown up with hatred of the countries that have rejected them. So for these two reasons, the humanitarian reason and the security reason, we should follow, actually, the appeal of President Trump to take back the foreign fighters. If they have committed crimes, they should be put on trial and sentenced in their respective countries.
And then now we are hearing this news from Bangladesh to say that she is not allowed into Bangladesh and she has never had any right to enter that country anyway. So it is all very much in dispute and there is a big grey area. It sounds to me as though the United Kingdom is going to have to take this lady back, they are going to have to give her citizenship back because, at the moment, she has no citizenship by the sounds of things. So, what happens to people who have got no citizenship?
Sputnik: It is almost like double standards with regard to President Trump when he was asking for the countries to take these Daesh fighters back and then going on record to refuse entry of one particular Daesh* fighter, I think she was married to one of the Daesh fighters, not allowing her back into the United States. What are your personal thoughts about his statement? Because that is very confusing, isn't it?
Lars Gule: Absolutely, but then logic and consistency was not Donald Trump's strongest side anyway. So, yes, he is contradicting himself.
* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/the Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.
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