Filmmaker accuses ISIS bride Shamima Begum of ‘false guilt’ amid BBC podcast series

Shamima Begum was only 15 years old when she went to Syria (PA) (PA Archive)

Shamima Begum was only 15 years old when she went to Syria (PA) (PA Archive)

Former ISIS bride Shamima Begum was wrongfully accused of remorse by a documentary filmmaker who traveled to meet her.

Ms. Begum, originally from Bethnal Green, left the UK as a schoolgirl to join the Islamic State in Syria and was later stripped of her British citizenship by the British government.

She struggles to reinstate, claiming she was abducted.

Documentary producer Andrew Drury, who spoke with the 23-year-old actress several times, claimed that Begüm was a “narcissist” and questioned her remorse.

His journey to join ISIS comes while being researched on the BBC’s 10-episode podcast I’m Not a Monster.

Begüm has repeatedly claimed that she was preparing to join a terrorist organization at the age of 15. While in Syria, she gave birth to three children, none of whom survived.

He told the podcast he admitted to being seen as “danger, risk” but blamed his portrayal in the media.

“I am so much more than ISIS and much more than anything I have ever experienced,” he said.

However, Dury told the Times: “He now sees himself as a victim, but he clearly told me it was his choice to leave. [to Syria] And he left of his own free will.

“He is a narcissist. He wants to be someone. He now considers himself a celebrity. Being a part of Isis meant she was a person, and now she is a person again.”

He claimed he was trying to “create a character” and never told her about the “smuggling or grooming” story.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission will decide on the loss of citizenship by May. He currently lives in a Syrian refugee camp.

In November, Begum’s lawyers told the commission that she was taken to Syria, raised and abducted before she was sexually abused by an elderly man.

However, the Home Office claims that he went to Syria knowing the horrors of ISIS and that even if he was abducted, he could still be a danger to Britain.

The BBC podcast, which started this month, bills itself as “a definitive narrative about this complex, nuanced and shocking story”.

However, some critics questioned whether Begüm should be given a platform.

Tory MP Giles Watling, who sits on the Commons digital, culture, media and sports committee, questioned whether we should “give these people airtime”.

A BBC spokesperson had previously defended the podcast, saying: “This is not a platform for Shamima Begum to tell her undisputed story.

“This is a robust, public interest investigation in which Josh Baker forensically examines who he really is and what he really does.

“We also encourage people to listen to the podcast and make their own decisions.”

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