Isis bride: Shamima Begum would face death penalty in Bangladesh

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Shamima Begum could face the death penalty for involvement in terrorism if she goes to Bangladesh, the country's foreign minister has said.

The 19-year-old, who left east London to join the Islamic State group in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship in February.

Dr Momen told ITV News: "We have nothing to do with Shamima Begum".

"She is not a Bangladeshi citizen and has never applied for Bangladeshi citizenship". She was born in England and her mother is British.

'If anyone is found to be involved with terrorism, we have a simple rule, there will be capital punishment. "And nothing else. She would be put in prison and immediately the rule is she should be hanged".

Bangladesh is one of 29 countries which still imposes the death penalty, drawing criticism from Amnesty International for failing to meet international fair trial standards.

And now Bangladesh appears to have distanced itself from Ms Begum's claims for citizenship.

Her case has led to serious criticism of the United Kingdom government, which has been accused of rendering Begum stateless and abandoning her and her young child, who died just three weeks after being born.

Such a move is not allowed under global law if it will leave the person stateless.

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Abdul Momen said his government "had nothing to do with" Ms Begum, despite Britain's apparent belief that she has Bangladeshi citizenship.

Tasnime Akunjee, who represents the Begum family, described the idea of sending Begum to Bangladesh as a "fallacy".

Tasnime Akunjee, the family's lawyer, said Momen had confirmed "what is obvious to all" in that Begum was born, raised and radicalised in the United Kingdom and was "in no way Bangladesh's problem".

Soon afterwards, she gave birth to a boy called Jarrah.

"My view is that it's a remote possibility that she will be sent to Bangladesh".

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Hunt said: "On a personal level, it makes me very uncomfortable because she made a series of choices and she knew the choices she was making, so I think we made decisions about her future based on those choices".

The UK government said it does not comment on individual cases but does not take the decision to remove citizenship "lightly".

In March, Iraqi authorities said they had offered to try IS members detained in northern Syria at a price of $2.6 million per prisoner.

"Sajid Javid would have been advised about Bangladeshi law and the existence of the death penalty there, but what can we expect from him when he was happy to allow a baby to die as a direct effect of his actions".

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