Shamima Begum reveals what she would be prepared to do if allowed back into UK
ISIS bride Shamima Begum has said she is ‘prepared to go to prison’ should she be allowed to return to the UK, according to reports.
The 19-year-old, who fled to Syria in 2015 when she was 15-years-old, has apologised to Britain for joining ISIS and admitted she was a ‘poster girl’ for the barbaric terror cult.
She also reportedly said she is ready to face prison if she is allowed to return to Britain.
Reporter Quentin Sommerville tweeted: "IS supporter Shamima Begum admits to BBC News she was a poster girl for IS recruitment, apologises to Britain for joining IS and says she is ready to face prison if she’s allowed to return."
Ms Begum added in the BBC interview: "I actually do support some British values and I am willing to go back to the UK and settle back again and rehabilitate and that stuff."
In a Sky News interview, given hours after giving birth to a son in Syria on Saturday, she said UK intelligence services "don’t have any evidence against me doing anything dangerous".
She said: "When I went to Syria, I was just a housewife for the entire four years – stayed at home, took care of my husband, took care of my kids.
"I never did anything dangerous. I never made propaganda. I never encouraged people to come to Syria."
But despite apologising for joining ISIS, she reportedly said that she would have let her first son become an IS fighter and that she still has sympathy for the group – equating its crimes to coalition airstrikes.
She says she knew of the IS inspired attacks in Manchester and elsewhere, but hadn’t realised women and children were killed.
Ms Begum, currently in a refugee camp in northern Syria, faces probable prosecution upon her UK return but that has not dissuaded her from wanting to ‘come home’.
The teenager gave birth to her third child, a boy, on Saturday with her previous two children reportedly dying in infancy.
Her son has been named Jarrar and she ‘wants him to be British’.
Within three weeks of fleeing Bethnal Green to join the Islamic State Ms Begum was wed to terrorist fighter Yago Riedijk, with whom she had the three children.
Ms Begum said she had been attracted to go to Syria after seeing news and videos on the internet which emphasised the role of family, adding that her biggest priority now was her son.
The teenager was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK to travel to Syria in February 2015.
She told The Times last week while heavily pregnant that she wishes to bring up her baby in the UK, and her family have begged for her to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London.
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