Shamima Begum and questions of responsibility – hers and ours | Letters

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Readers give their thoughts on the east London schoolgirl who left the UK to join Islamic State and now wants to return

Many words have been spilled in discussions over whether Shamima Begum and her newborn child should, or should not, be allowed to return to UK to face justice (Let Begum’s case be a turning point, 19 February). We indubitably have a responsibility for her and can’t just remove her citizenship, though many would, no doubt, like to.

However, in all of this debate, I have read little of what the Syrian and Iraqi people want. Begum, groomed or not, coerced or not (and she has stated she was unfazed by the atrocities she witnessed), was a part of a brutal, disgusting regime that terrified and murdered with impunity. Is she culpable of any crime in Syria or Iraq? British citizenship does not provide protection against prosecution for crimes committed abroad and so, if she has committed any crime in those countries, she should be tried there first.

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