Shamima Begum begs to come back to the UK in GMB interview

By Cathy Owen

Shamima Begum has made a plea to Boris Johnson to let her return to the UK.

In an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain she apologised for joining the terror group Islamic State. Wearing lipstick, a grey vest top and baseball cap for her first ever live interview, the 22-year-old said she was "groomed and taken advantage of’ when she left the UK for Syria. She said: "I am completely sorry for anyone that has been effected by Isis. I no way agree or try to justify what they did."

Speaking directly to the Prime Minister, she said: "You are clearly struggling with extremism and terrorism in your country. I want to help with that, telling my own experience. I think I could very much help you in your fight against terrorism because you clearly don’t know what you’re doing."

The 22-year-old gave another interview earlier this year to a British film-maker, who she hugged as she pleaded to be allowed to return to the UK "as a human being to help others" — you can read that in-depth interview here.

Shamima Begum on GMB (ITV)

Asked why she can't go to Bangladesh, where she has citizenship, Ms Begum claims she would be given the death penalty immediately if she went to Bangladesh.

"They said if I do ever come back in, it would be the death penalty for me," she said.

"How does the UK expect me to go to a country where I will be killed? The second that I land they would give me the death penalty. For now, I just have to stay in this camp and wait. I have to better myself here."

Now living in a refugee camp north of Syria, she said she would rather "die" than go back to Islamic State, also known as Isis, among other things.

She also told hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid she "regrets every decision she's made since she stepped into Syria" and she will "take the feeling of regret to her grave".

"I am very sorry," she said. "Some people, no matter what I say, will not believe I have changed but I tell you from the bottom of my heart I regret by decisions. No-one can hate me more than I can hate myself for what I have done, but everyone deserves a second chance."

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