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Shamima Begum loses deprivation of citizenship appeal

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (“SIAC”) today delivered its judgment in Shamima Begum’s appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to deprive her of her British citizenship.

SIAC dismissed Ms Begum’s appeal on all grounds, holding that the Secretary of State’s decision was not unlawful. On grounds 1 and 2, which related to allegations of trafficking, and which SIAC considered to be the most significant of her grounds, SIAC concluded that, whilst there was a credible suspicion that Ms Begum had been trafficked, this did not preclude the Secretary of State from exercising the deprivation power against her.

Karl Laird represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department, led by First Treasury Counsel, Sir James Eadie KC, Jonathan Glasson KC, David Blundell KC, and Jennifer Thelen.

SIAC’s judgment can be found here and a press summary here.

Relevant reporting can be found here: BBC NewsThe GuardianITV News and Sky News (amongst others).