Begum’s interview sparked outrage from Nikita Malik, the director of the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society, who told the Express: “This is nothing but blame game. The Bethnal Green girls actively sought out the very IS propaganda that their defenders are now claiming radicalized them.
The choice to join IS was Begum’s – as she herself admits. “Nobody made Shamima Begum get on a plane other than herself – she knew what she was doing and was capable of making her own decisions.”
Miss Malik added: “Any attempt to blame the council, the police and her school is nothing but a cynical attempt by Ms Begum’s supporters to help her shirk responsibility for her own actions.”