FORMER Brit ISIS bride Shamima Begum has been slammed for faking regret as her controversial podcast has sparked fury.
The BBC has confronted enormous backlash for the ten-part podcast the place the 23-year-old opens up about becoming a member of the ruthless terrorist group.
Begum who at present lives within the Al-Roj jail camp, speaks about travelling to Syria to hitch the bloodthirsty jihadis within the “I’m Not a Monster” podcast.
The 23-year-old has persistently claimed she was groomed when she was 15, earlier than being trafficked for sexual exploitation by the fear group in 2015.
The podcast aired as she awaits a ruling on her enchantment towards the House Workplace’s choice to take away her British citizenship, anticipated by March.
She admits the general public sees her “as a hazard” after she joined the fear group however insists she is “a lot greater than ISIS.”
However journalist and filmmaker Andrew Drury who met Begum seven occasions over the course of a yr doubts her present of regret is real.
Regardless of initially believing she was a trafficking sufferer, he described her as manipulative” and stated she has “no regret.”
He instructed the Occasions: “She sees herself as a sufferer now however she instructed me fairly clearly it was her option to go [to Syria] and she or he went of her personal free will.
“She is a narcissist. She needs to be a anyone. Now she sees herself as a star.
“Being a part of Isis meant she was a anyone and now she’s a anyone once more.”
He additionally stated that she as soon as requested for a replica of Guantanamo Diary, a ebook by Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s ebook about his time in Guantanamo Bay for 14 years with out cost.
In his ebook Journey Hazard, Drury stated Begum is making an attempt to “create a personality,” noting that after they first met she didn’t point out “being trafficked or groomed.”
Drury added he misplaced sympathy for her when she stated she was “over” the dying of her three kids.
And journalist Richard Ashmore, who met Begum in Syria final yr, stated “she is the long-lasting Isis bride of Britain” earlier than including she had even “thrown a tantrum” when he interviewed one other lady on the camp.
In the meantime, Begum’s podcast has already sparked outrage with critics accusing the BBC of giving a platform to somebody who brazenly accepts she joined a terrorist organisation.
Tory MP Giles Watling,from the Commons digital, tradition, media and sport committee, questioned whether or not we should always “give these folks airtime”.
In response to viewers’ complaints who branded the podcast “appalling”, the podcast collection editor Jonathan Aspinwall, instructed Newswatch on Friday they “by no means take [Shamima’s] account as essentially the reality” including their job is to “discover out precisely what occurred.”
Within the podcast, Begum talks about being given detailed directions by ISIS together with the best way to keep away from detection in the course of the journey.
She says she stuffed her suitcase together with her favorite chocolate as a result of she feared she wouldn’t be capable to pay money for any as soon as she was within the Center East.
The previous schoolgirl from Bethnal Inexperienced, east London, wed an ISIS fighter after travelling to Syria and had three kids, who’ve all since died.
After the collapse of the evil regime, she ended up in a refugee camp which she known as “worse than a jail.”
In 2019, was stripped of her UK citizenship by House Secretary on the time Sajid Javi.
She has since launched a recent try to have her citizenship restored together with her legal professionals telling the court docket she was “cynically recruited and groomed.”