Shamima Begum's calls for forgiveness slammed by Epstein
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Angela Epstein appeared on the Jeremy Vine Show where the panel discussed Shamima Begum and whether or not she should be forgiven for joining ISIS when she was a teenager. But nothing could convince Ms Epstein as she systematically broke down Ms Begum’s live interview on Good Morning Britain earlier that day and demanded she faced the consequences for her actions. Ms Epstein simply said “tough” to calls to bring Ms Begum home as she addressed reports the former UK citizen was involved in terror plots.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, Ms Epstein was asked if Ms Begum should return and said: “Absolutely forget it, it will take more than a slip of lip gloss and a baseball cap to convince me that she’s not a national security threat.
“or that she deserves any kind of second chance.
“I know everybody hasn’t seen the full interview but the thrust of it is I was young, I didn’t know, I didn’t know about the arena bombings.
“And if I did, I think at one point she sort of almost defended them.
“There had been suggestions that she was involved in taping suicide vests together and all these different allegations that she’s denied.
“Tough, she made a choice, she went at the age of 15 to join one of the most brutal and murderous organisations in the world.
“She has to face the consequences and flicking her hair around on a TV show will not convince me otherwise.”
Shamima Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain this week where she begged the UK to take her back after her citizenship was revoked by the Home Office.
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The 22-year-old is currently living in a camp in Syria after she joined ISIS when she left the UK when she was 15.
Ms Begum has been denied returning to the UK on security grounds with the Sunday Telegraph reporting in 2019 she was part of a Hisbah police force that punished people flouting Islamic rules and customs.
The Prime Minister was also reportedly briefed she sowed suicide bombers into their vests.
Ms Begum gave birth to three children during her time away but each of them died.
Ms Begum told ITV’s Good Morning Britain in a live interview: “I know it’s very hard for the British people to try and forgive me because they have lived in fear of ISIS and lost loved ones because of ISIS, but I also have lived in fear of ISIS and I also lost loved ones because of ISIS, so I can sympathise with them in that way.
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“I know it is very hard for them to forgive me but I say from the bottom of my heart that I am so sorry if I ever offended anyone by coming here if I ever offended anyone by the things I said.”
The former ISIS bride was seen wearing a tank top and a Nike baseball cap which was a departure from her former style of wearing a burqa.
Ms Begum has continually said she was young and did not know what she was doing when she left the UK to join ISIS and begged for sympathy due to her young age.
Dr Paul Stott who is head of security and extremism at the Policy Exchange think tank dismissed these claims and told TalkRADIO it was widely known what ISIS was like a few years ago and did not believe Ms Begum was as naive as she makes out.
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