Guest on 'Good Morning Britain' criticises police over Shamima Begum's radicalisation

Chris Edwards

A guest appearing on Good Morning Britain suggested on Wednesday (February 20) that ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s family were let down by British police.

Former Metropolitan police officer Dal Babu appeared on the morning show to discuss Begum’s UK citizenship being revoked by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Expressing doubt over the legal basis of Begum being stripped of her citizenship, he told presenters Kate Garraway and Richard Madeley: “Shamima is British. She does not have duel citizenship. If her citizenship is taken away she is potentially stateless.”

Garraway interjected: “I presume he [Javid] has had some legal advice on that and believes that, because her parents are from Bangladesh, there could be an application for a citizenship from there for her.”

But after claiming there is no guarantee that Begum will be given a Bangladeshi citizenship, Babu then criticised the British police and her school for allowing her to be “groomed and radicalised on our watch”. 

“Essentially, she was groomed and radicalised on our watch. The police were aware this was happening, the council were aware it was happening, the school were aware it was happening – that she was being radicalised. 

“They never spoke to the parents. They never told the parents. I think we need to understand that this was a 15-year-old child. I’ve got two daughters; I just think about all things they’ve done as 15-year-old girls and people make silly mistakes.”

Yesterday on This Morning, Alex Klis, the daughter of two Manchester bombing victims hit out at Begum after she said the act of terrorism had “fair justification”.

On whether Begun should be allowed to return to the UK, Klis said: “She’s made her bed hasn’t she. I think she should remain where she is.

“For starters, I don’t think she’s being honest. I think the only reason she wants to come back is she couldn’t stay where she was. She said herself she had a good life there. She enjoyed it there. I think what is the point of coming back if you enjoy it so much there?”

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