Shamima Begums jihadi husband claims they had beautiful life before she left

Shamima Begum's jihadi husband has refused to condemn ISIS beheadings or their use of sex slaves in an interview from prison.

Yago Riedijk, 29, described having "beautiful memories" with Begum, who we met in 2015 days after she arrived in Syria from east London as a 15 year old.

Begum, 22, is now being held in a refugee camp in northern Syria amid an ongoing fight for her UK citizenship, which was taken away from her in February 2019, METRO reports.

Riedijk, speaking from a Kurdish-run-Roj prison in Syria, said ISIS-claimed attacks on the West are not "Islamicly responsible" as they involved the killing of innocent people.

But he refused to condemn the terror group's violence against other Muslims and Yazidis, many of whom are kept as sex slaves.

He said seeing dead bodies in the streets was "not a pleasant picture" but refused to condemn the acts.

Riedijk, a Dutch national, was convicted in 2018 for joining the extremist group and will face a six-year jail term if he returns to Europe.

Speaking to Alan Duncan, a former soldier who is making a documentary on ISIS, he claimed that he doesn't believe the group is finished.

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He said he would like to see ISIS elect a caliphate which adheres to "Islamic traditions".

The Dutch native said he discussed the conditions of marriage after 15-year-old Begum left her home in Bethnal Green and fled for Syria.

He said: "It was not really anything big. Small things like going out shopping – stuff like this.

"She asked for some freedoms which I agreed to give her. Going shopping, seeing friends. Basic stuff."

Begum allegedly asked for an English translation of the Quran as a dowry, to which Riedijk agreed.

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He reminisced: "There were some nice days with my wife and kids at home. Some beautiful memories."

In an interview in September, Begum said she was "groomed and taken advantage of" when she left the UK for Syria.

The 22-year-old, sporting lipstick, a baseball cap and no hijab, she said: "I thought it was an Islamic community that I was joining.

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"I was being fed a lot of information on the internet by people in ISIS telling me I need to come because I can't be a good Muslim in the UK."

She claimed that she was expecting to "just get married, have children and live a pure Islamic life" when arriving in Syria.

"I knew there was war but not in places women and children were living," she said.

"I thought it would be safe for me. I did not know ISIS wanted to take over the world."

Begum still hopes to regain her UK citizenship after it was stripped from her more than two years ago.

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