Shamima Begum: ISIS bride a ‘ticking time bomb’ says daughter of man killed by Jihadists

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Bethany Haines, 23, spoke out after the Court of Appeal ruled this week that Begum should be allowed to return to the UK to fight the Government’s decision to remove her British citizenship. Her dad was captured by ISIS in Syria in early 2013 and beheaded by the terrorist cell known as The Beatles the following year. Ms Haines, of Perthshire, last year travelled to the war-torn country in a bid to locate the body of her father – and turned down the opportunity to meet with former Bethnal Green schoolgirl Begum.

In light of the Court’s ruling, she has issued a warning about what the UK should expect if the jihadi bride returns to her country of birth.

She told the Mirror said: “From what I gather Begum still has a strong hatred of the UK.

“She’s a ticking time bomb.”

During her time in Syria last year, Ms Haines visited the spot where her father’s executioner was killed in a drone strike in 2016.

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ISIS bride Shamima Begum is a ‘ticking time bomb’, Bethany Haines has warned (Image: ABC)

She also met with women who had married ISIS fighters in a bid to better understand their mindset.

She said: “I was nervous going to the camps because I knew I could potentially meet someone with strong ties and an allegiance to ISIS, but it was the right thing to do.

“I was given the opportunity to meet Begum but I firmly declined.

“In my opinion she’s realised staying in camps isn’t an enjoyable experience and that the UK is the best option for her.

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“She knew what she was getting herself into. She needs to live with the consequences.”

Downing Street said the Government was “bitterly disappointed” by the ruling and the Home Office said it plans to appeal.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said Begum should return to the UK to face justice in the criminal courts.

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Mr Khan said on Friday: “I think people who commit criminal offences must face the music.

“While we’ve got courts in this country and judges who are some of the fairest in the world, I think if a British citizen commits an offence here or overseas they should face justice in the criminal courts.

“And if she has committed a criminal offence I’m sure…justice will be served.

“What I’m not in favour of is us sub-contracting justice to another country.”

Begum, now 20, travelled to Syria in February 2015 and lived under IS rule for more than three years

She was found by a Times journalist in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.

Shortly after her first interview, she gave birth to her third child, a son.

The baby, as well as her previous two children, all died in Syria.

Ms Begum claims she married Dutch convert Yago Riedijk 10 days after arriving in IS territory, with all three of her school friends also reportedly marrying foreign IS fighters.

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