Bangladesh refuses to take IS bride, warns of death penalty


    Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Abdul Momen says IS bride Shamima Begum would “face the death penalty” for terrorism if she came to that country.

    The 19-year-old was stripped of her British citizenship in February, after leaving east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State Group in Syria.

    This was done since she was believed to have Bangladesh nationality through her mother, however Bangladeshi authorities have always denied this.

    The BBC quotes Mr Momen as saying that there was “no question” of giving Ms Begum Bangladeshi citizenship or allowing her into the country:

    “She has never sought Bangladeshi citizenship and her parents are also British citizens. The British government is responsible for her. They’ll have to deal with her.”

    Under international law, it is illegal to deprive a person of citizenship if to do so would leave them stateless.

    Ms Begum is appealing the decision to strip her of her British citizenship.