Begum’s 27-year-old spouse, Yago Riedijk, said he felt “regret” over his stint in war-ravaged Syria. The ISIS terrorist, who wed Begum when she was just 15, is currently serving time in a Kurdish jail but has made an appeal to return home. He claimed he “recognised the wrong I did” in a new interview.
Riedijk spoke out to civet his desire to “improve” himself and vowed he would “never go back to such an error”.
According to MailOnline, he said: “I wish to return home, spend the due time in jail, then go back to normal life with my wife, with no troubles, no wars, and no poverty, just to live.
“For me, I recognised what wrong I did, and I knew ISIS reality.
“I feel regret, I want to go back to my normal life and improve myself, I would never go back to such error.”
Riedijk is currently languishing in a Kurdish jail for his crimes after US-backed militia re-claimed terrify from the so-called caliphate last month.
Last month, he said Begum – who he married when she was just 15 – was the “perfect wife”, describing her as “young and innocent” and “very easy to love”.
He also expressed distress at the death of his son Jerah, who died from a lung infection at just three weeks old.
Riedijk shared his heartache at the death, before saying his wife would be “heartbroken and alone”.
The child’s untimely death came just days after Home Secretary Sajid Javid denied Begum the right to return to the UK.
Mr Javid revoked Begum’s UK citizenship in a controversial move which appeared to be at odds with international customary law which stipulates an individual cannot be rendered stateless.
The move was in part justified by Begum’s dual Bangladeshi heritage, despite the fact she claims she has never been to the south Asian nation.
At the time Conservative party chairman Brandon Lewis defended Mr Javid’s decision, saying: “The Home Secretary will have had advice and I know he made a decision based on what is in the national interest and the security of people here in the UK.
“There is no question that the duty of a Home Secretary in this country is to keep British people safe.”