Syria girls’ families slam police

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Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The families of the schoolgirls feared to be intent on joining Islamic State say they were let down by the Metropolitan Police.

They say a letter requesting to interview the three girls in relation to the disappearance of a classmate who fled to war-torn Syria should have been handed directly to the families, but instead were hidden by the girls in their textbooks.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, who attended Bethnal Green Academy in east London, sparked a police hunt after they flew to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport last month and are now believed to be in Syria.

Abase Hussein, the father of Amira, believes his daughter would still be at home if he had seen the police warning.

“If we knew, this wouldn’t have happened,” he told ITV News.

“We would have stopped them. We would have discussed it and taken away their passports from them. This wouldn’t have happened.”

Halima Khanom, sister of Kadiza Sultana, said: “We wouldn’t have been here today doing this if we’d got that letter and known what was going on.”

Scotland Yard confirmed that it sent letters out to the three girls after their friend disappeared in December and that they were also spoken to by officers as part of a “routine inquiry”.

A Metropolitan Police statement said: “The Metropolitan Police Service has been engaged with staff at the girls’ school since December 2014 as part of the routine inquiry by officers investigating the disappearance of their friend.

“There was nothing to suggest at the time that the girls themselves were at risk and indeed their disappearance has come as a great surprise, not least to their own families.

“The girls were spoken to in December 2014 as part of the routine inquiry by officers investigating the disappearance of their friend.

“We continue to liaise with the school and local education authority in connection with this ongoing investigation.”

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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