Shamima Begum’s father apologises to Britain on her behalf

Shamima Begum's father apologises to Britain on her behalf

The father of Isil bride Shamima Begum has apologised to the British public for his daughter’s decision to flee the country and join the terror group.

Ahmed Ali said Ms Begum, who travelled from London to Syria aged 15 in 2015, had “done wrong without realising it”.

He urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid to restore her citizenship so she could be to return home and face prosecution.

Speaking before the death on Thursday of Ms Begum’s three-week-old baby from pneumonia Mr Ali said: “She has done wrong, I apologise to everyone as her father, to the British people, I am sorry for Shamima’s doing. I request to the British people, please forgive her.”

Ms Begum’s father pointed out that she was a child when she left Britain to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in 2015.

Speaking from his home in the village of Dovroy, in north-eastern Bangladesh, he told the BBC: “She was underage at that time, she couldn’t understand that much. I suppose someone influenced her to do that. I admit that she might have done wrong without realising it.”

Mr Ali urged the British government and public to “take her back and punish her if she had done any mistake”.

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