Legal Aid for ISIS Bride, ZERO for victims of Terror
Whilst the relatives of the London Bridge terror attack are still awaiting legal aid to fund their justice fight two years on our government is shelling out hundreds of thousands of our taxpayers money for Shamima Begum’s legal aid, which came within two months after her lawyers first applied for it.
Government agencies have used nearly £1million of public cash to hire lawyers to defend their corner, but victims’ families have not received any to help them uncover the truth in their quest for justice.
It took jihadi bride Begum less than two months to be granted legal aid to fight the government’s decision to strip her of her UK citizenship.
Taxpayers face a legal bill of hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund the former London schoolgirl’s bid to return to Britain from Syria.
The families of the victims are relying on the goodwill of lawyers to represent them free of charge at the two-month Old Bailey inquest.
John Frade, whose wife Aysha was killed in the Westminster attack, said: “It is incredible that someone who supports terrorism can be granted legal aid but the victims of terrorism are forgotten.
“That is not the action of a normal civilised country.’’
Labour's far-left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn joined lawyers and human rights groups in defending the right of Shamima Begum to be granted legal aid.
“She is a British national and therefore she has that right, like any of us do, to apply for legal aid if she has a problem. She has legal rights, just like anybody else does,” he told reporters on Monday.
“The whole point of legal aid is that if you’re facing a prosecution then you’re entitled to be represented and that’s a fundamental rule of law, a fundamental point in any democratic society.”
As of yet, Jeremy Corbyn has made NO STATEMENT in support of the families of the London Bridge Terror Attacks and their fight for legal aid.