LONDON (AP) - Shamima Begum, a London teenager who left Britain four years ago to join the Islamic State group, is to be stripped of her United Kingdom citizenship by the government, her family's lawyer said Tuesday.
"Now the Home Secretary can't do that if that would render the person stateless, but he says Shamima Begum has Bangladeshi nationality and therefore he's entitled to take away her British nationality", said a spokesperson.
The letter addressed to Begum's mother said: "Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship".
"They don't really have proof that I did anything that is risky", she said.
She does not have duel citizenship.
"I was hoping that maybe for the sake of me and my child they'd let me come back".
Ms Begum could potentially become a Bangladeshi citizen but Mr Akunjee said on Wednesday that the teenager was not a dual citizen and had never had a Bangladeshi passport.
The family of the ISIS teen received a letter yesterday informing them of the decision to revoke her citizenship.
Chief executive of counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, Haras Rafiq, said he "absolutely" understood that the public would be concerned about the prospect of Ms Begum's return, but that the "intellectual and right thing to do" was for her to go before the courts.
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She claims to be married to Dutch convert Yago Riedijk, 27, who is, according to The Times, being held in a separate refugee camp.
"Crucially, its response must include a serious look at how a 15 year-old girl was apparently able to leave the country to join a proscribed group without effective action being taken to safeguard her".
Her family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said they were considering "all legal avenues" to contest the decision. "I'm not going to go back and promote people to go to ISIS or anything, if anything I'm going to encourage them not to go because it's not all it seems in their videos".
The Times reported she was nine month' pregnant and that she wanted to come home to have her child.
Two days before the baby's birth was announced, Begum's relatives in Britain said they were "shocked" by her comments but thought she should be brought back and dealt with by the British justice system.
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said last Friday that he would "not hesitate" to prevent the return of those who joined terror organizations like ISIS.
The Home Office letter read: "Dear Mrs Begum".
U.S. President Donald Trump has demanded that European countries take back their citizens who fought in Syria, but European nations are anxious about security.
She's said herself that the only reason she's wanting to leave there was because it got too unsafe.