‘Angel’ Shamima Begum fears death penalty as she faces terror trial in Syria

Shamima Begum, who stunned the UK in 2015 when she travelled to Syria to become a Jihadi bride, fears being executed after she was informed that she is to go on trial for terror offences.

The 22-year-old has been living in Syrian refugee camps after she was stripped of her British citizenship having left the UK at the age of 15 alongside two other girls, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana.

She is likely to face prosecution after officials began investigating her links to ISIS and exploring whether she helped make suicide bombs for ISIS terrorists.

Begum's friends say that she has little faith in the justice system where she's holed up in the Rojava region and remains desperate to return to Britain.

A source told The Sun : “Begum has convinced herself she’ll pay the ultimate price if she is tried and found guilty of terrorism offences in Syria. She’s very frightened and concerned.

“She’s been told she will be put on trial in Rojava, probably as one of a group of women accused of terrorist offences.

"She hasn’t been given a date yet but has been told it will be in around September or October. Rojava authorities don’t advocate the death penalty but that has failed to convince her she won’t escape such a punishment.”

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Last year Begum attempted to have her passport reinstated but she failed in her bid at the Supreme Court to come back to Britain to fight her case in person.

Investigators in Rojava are believed to be looking at Begum's claims, which have included her saying she was “not fazed” by seeing heads in bins.

Begum has insisted she "didn't know ISIS was a death cult" and maintains she didn't want to hurt anyone.

Solicitor Tasnime Akunjee, who has previously acted for Begum, said: “I feel her fears are justified. The justice system there is somewhat meagre.”

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