British-born ISIS bride Shamima Begum could face the death penalty for supporting terrorism if she went to Bangladesh, the country’s foreign minister told ITV news.
Abdul Momen said in a May 2 interview that his government “had nothing to do with” Begum and insisted she is not a citizen of Bangladesh.
Citing security concerns, the UK Home Office stripped the 19-year-old of British citizenship in February, blocking her return from Syria, where she remains in a refugee camp. The move is permissible under law provided it does not make Begum stateless. British authorities believed Begum is eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship.
The foreign minister said Begum could be arrested if she did go to Bangladesh and, if found guilty of involvement in terrorism, “she should be hanged.”
“If anyone is found to be involved with terrorism, we have a simple rule, there will be capital punishment. And nothing else,” Momen told ITV.
Begum has pleaded to be allowed to come back to the UK after running away from her London home in 2015 to travel to the so-called ISIS caliphate and join the jihadi terror cult.
She surfaced in Syria in February after escaping, along with other jihadi brides, from the last ISIS stronghold as it crumbled under the pressure of the allied forces.
‘Just a Housewife’ Versus Member of ‘Morality Police’
A recent report claims Begum, who earlier insisted she was “just a housewife,” was, in fact, a member of the dreaded ISIS “morality police.”
According to The Sunday Telegraph, Begum worked for al-Hisba, enforcing the terror cult’s strict dress code at the point of a gun. Sources told the British paper that Begum carried an AK-47 and had a reputation as a strict enforcer.
The Telegraph quoted an activist who recounted how Begum allegedly shouted at Syrian women in the city of Raqqa for wearing brightly colored shoes.
Aghiad al-Kheder, an activist who documents ISIS crimes, told the publication, “Members of our group from Raqqa knew her well.”
The report also claims Begum played a part in persuading other women to join the jihadi cause.
“Don’t believe any of the bad things you hear about Dawla [the ISIS caliphate], it’s fake. You have everything you want here,” she told a potential recruit in a message reported on by the Telegraph. “And we can help find you a good-looking husband.”
The Daily Mail also alleged Begum helped sew suicide bombers into their explosive vests. This was allegedly done in such a way that if the attackers tried to take off the vests, they would blow up.
The information was reportedly found by allied spy agencies during interviews with other Western ISIS converts.
It’s unknown whether Begum participated willingly, or whether she was coerced.