Canadian spies broke their own rules to smuggle Shamima Begum into Syria

The revelation will strengthen the 21-year-old's legal efforts to return to the UK as lawyers claim she was a victim of illegal trafficking

Shamima Begum's lawyers are seeking to overturn the decision to strip her of her UK citizenship [Sam Tarling]

Canadian spies broke their own rules and potentially the law by helping smuggle British child bride Shamima Begum into Syria, it has emerged.

The disclosure will strengthen Ms Begum’s legal efforts to return to the UK by reinforcing her claim that she was a victim of illegal trafficking.

Lawyers for Ms Begum, who is now 21, have claimed there is “overwhelming evidence” that she was a victim of trafficking and argue the Government has a legal duty to investigate the claims. They are seeking to overturn the decision to strip her of her UK citizenship, which bars her return.

She was just 15 when she and two other schoolgirls from Bethnal Green in east London travelled to Syria via Turkey in February 2015.

This summer it was revealed that it was Mohammed al-Rashed, a double agent working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Islamic State, who smuggled them into Syria.

Now it has emerged that CSIS apparently broke operational rules in place on February 15 which state: “Human sources will carry out their tasks on behalf of the service without engaging in illegal activities.”

Shamima Begum was smuggled into Syria when she was 15 [Sam Tarling]

Trafficking people is also an offence under the Canadian Criminal Code and an international protocol on the practice of which Ottawa is a signatory.


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