Jihadist bride Shamima Begum fears she will be executed if she stands trial on terrorism-related offences

JIHADI bride Shamima Begum fears she will be executed after being told to stand trial for terrorism-related offences.

Sources say the ex-British woman, 22, is likely to face criminal charges after officials ordered an investigation into her ties to IS.

Begum flew to Syria to join ISIS and was stripped of her British citizenship

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Begum flew to Syria to join ISIS and was stripped of her British citizenship
The fearful Begum now lives in a Syrian refugee camp in Rojava

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The fearful Begum now lives in a Syrian refugee camp in Rojava

Among other things, she is accused of helping to manufacture suicide bomber vests for IS terrorists.

Begum – whose British citizenship was revoked in 2019 – is currently in a refugee camp in Rojava, Syria.

It is a self-governing region not under the control of the Syrian regime.

Friends said the former extremist had little faith in the justice system there – and was keen to return to the UK.

A source said: “Begum has made sure she will pay the ultimate price if she is tried and found guilty of terrorist offenses in Syria.
“She is very scared and worried.

“She has been told that she will be tried in Rojava, probably as a member of a group of women accused of terrorist offences.

“She hasn’t been given a date yet, but was told it would be around September or October.

“Rojava authorities do not support the death penalty, but that has not convinced them that they will not escape such a punishment.

“And even if she does, she faces a life sentence.”

Begum attempted to reinstate her British citizenship last year.

But she failed in her application to the Supreme Court to return to the UK to plead her case in person.

The law allows for the withdrawal of citizenship when doing so is in the public interest.

Her lack of citizenship means the UK government won’t be able to intervene officially or make diplomatic missions on her behalf – although it’s unlikely she’d want to anyway.

The source said Begum has spoken to her family in London and they have sought legal advice.

However, it is unclear whether a UK-based lawyer will be allowed to represent Begum in court in Rojava.

Rojava investigators are said to have pondered Begum’s claim that she was “not upset” when she saw heads in trash cans.

She also told an interviewer that she had no regrets about joining IS.

And security sources have previously claimed they sewed bombers into their suicide vests.

Begum said she was just a devoted housewife to an ISIS fighter who focused on raising their three children – all of whom died of malnutrition.

Begum – whose parents were born in Bangladesh – left Bethnal Green in east London when he was just 15 for Syria.

She told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. At the time, I didn’t know that IS was a death cult.”

Yesterday, attorney Tasnime Akunjee, who previously worked for Begum, said: “I think your concerns are justified. The justice system there is a bit poor.”

Begum, right, at Gatwick Airport in 2015

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Begum, right, at Gatwick Airport in 2015Credit: PA

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