The father of one of the three Bethnal Green girls who ran away to join Islamic State has urged the British Government to allow her back into the country, saying she represents “no threat” to the UK.
Hussen Abase, the father of Amira Abase, said his daughter – who left Britain with Shamima Begum and Kadiza Sultana at the age of 15 – needed to be re-educated not punished for her actions.
Mr Abase told The Telegraph on Thursday that he had not heard from his daughter since she left Britain with her two friends to travel to Syria to join the terror group, but he welcomed the news that Shamima is alive and living in a refugee camp.
Speaking after an interview with Shamima was published in the Times, in which she said she wanted to return to the UK, Mr Abase said: “As a father I would say to the British government please let the girls back into the country and give them some kind of teaching.
“They were just teenagers when they left. They should be allowed to learn from their mistakes. They are no threat to us.”