Shamima Begum is a threat to the UK and should not be allowed back, says filmmaker friend

Shamima Begum is a threat to the UK and should not be allowed back, says filmmaker friend
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 26/03/2024

- 15:58

The filmmaker told GB News the threat of Isis was still 'alive and real'

Shamima Begum poses a risk to the UK and she should not be allowed to return, according to filmmaker Andrew Drury who befriended her in Syria.

He was commenting following the failure of a bid by the former Isis bride to have the removal of her citizenship overturned by the Supreme Court.

Drury told GB News: “I’ve been travelling back and forth from Syria and Iraq. The threat’s never gone away, it’s lessened because they took Raqqah and Baghuz and places like that. But there are pockets of Isis all over the place in the Middle East.

“It hasn't gone away. The threat is still alive and real, probably within this country itself, there are pockets. So we don't know what she's capable of…at one stage she said I was the closest person to her and I don't know her.

“I think she is a threat, even if it's just what she stood for. And I think her punishment is right and justified.”

In a discussion during Breakfast with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster, he continued: “I think the Court of Appeal said no. There are organisations such as Reprieve and people like this. I don't understand where she gets all this money and I don't think that's right.

“There’s talk about millions in her defence. I find that absolutely shocking. No one I ever hear talks about the victims, the victims in Syria…

“We keep going back to the age of her being 15 - 15-year-olds, believe me, in Syria are committing the most heinous crimes, so I have little sympathy for her.”

He added: “But even her citizenship wouldn't be a means that she comes back into the country, because she can still face trial in Syria, and I think that's the right thing to do because you've got to remember her crimes were committed on the Syrian people…

“I know by speaking to witnesses on the ground, that she, I would say, quite certainly sewed suicide vests…so I think it's the right thing to do. I think it stops that question about this country. Will she come back? I think it's definitely no.”


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