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    Shamima Begum's plea for forgiveness 'shows no sign of apology', body expert says.

    Shamima Begum recently appeared from a camp in Syria pleading with Brits to forgive her as she was "completely sorry" to those affected by ISIS - but one body language expert claims she showed "no sign of apology".

    The ISIS bride, who at the age of 15 fled her home in east London to join the so-called Islamic State group, said on Wednesday joining the terrorist organisation was a "mistake".

    She said she would "rather die than go back to ISIS" as she denied allegations of her helping ISIS pursue their extremist cause.

    Shamima, now 22, appealed to the British public to allow her to return to the UK, saying she is ready to stand trial in court.

    "I know it's very hard for the British people to try and forgive me because they have lived in fear of Isis and lost loved ones because of Isis, but I also have lived in fear of Isis and I also lost loved ones because of Isis, so I can sympathise with them in that way," Shamima said.

    "I know it is very hard for them to forgive me but I say from the bottom of my heart that I am so sorry if I ever offended anyone by coming here, if I ever offended anyone by the things I said."

    But according to body language expert Judi James, "there are no signs of apologetic-looking body language" in the clip from ITV's Good Morning programme on Wednesday.

    "This woman appears to have learnt from her mistakes during her previous TV interviews and although her words seem more well thought out she comes across as more confident and even composed as she delivers her pitch.

    "She appears to have learnt that an apology can be more influential than shrugging denials but in this clip there are no signs of apologetic-looking body language to make her messages more congruent."

    Shamima appeared dressed in western-styled clothing as she work a Nike baseball hat and a grey vest, along with pink lipstick.

    In 2019 the ISIS bride gave an interview in which she said the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was ‘justified’ because of airstrikes that killed civilians in Syria.

    Ms James said Shamima's "subtle" shrugging, however, indicates she may not be truly regretful.

    "The shrugging might have diminished from the early days but it is still there in a more subtle gesture as she speaks about the behaviour of fifteen-year-olds, verbally generalizing to create a verbal and non-verbal diminishing of her behaviours, as though it’s the sort of thing any fifteen-year-old might do.

    "This is a distanced and rather generalized explanation rather than any visual display of regret.

    "She also presents herself as a victim at the same level as other victims, and again her body language is maybe not congruent with that message as she appears emphatic and assertive, performing some very small head baton nods to let us know about her suffering.

    • I will say one thing though, she has grown into a very attractive young lady. Would probably be offe..

    • @So... I watched the whole thing a couple of times and as far as I'm concerned she can stay where..

    • She's been groomed with that speech. Dressed Western style. Makeup, glamourous. I agree with uncle a..

    • I fear she will be a danger to the public, along with the thousands of terrorist 'sleepers' already ..

    • I am all for forgiveness but not sure how contrite she really is.

    • I think she should be a closed book now. She is no longer our responsibility

    • I didn't see the interview but apparently....Sajid Javid says no one would let Shamima Begum return ..

    • @So... I watched Javids interview as well. He was pretty convinced they had made the right decisi..

    • @Un... Absolutely and if we are soft on her, how many more will think they can get away with i..

    • Well she saw the severed heads which didn't phase her, and sewed suicide vests. Also lost three babi..

    • She doesn't look like she is living under an extreme regime with her painted nails, jewelry and expo..

    • @Bo... it's a tactic to try and get back into the UK, as a reformed character.

    • @Bo... It was interesting to watch was going on the background. While they were filming her all we s..

    • @Sa...08 she knew what she was going out there for it's all over the internet that she was looking ..

    • @Bo... Totally agree with you, Bob. Well said mate👍

    • @An... The question is: What politician is prepared to put their career on the line to find out?

    • I saw that interview and was struck by her confident assertive manner - totally inappropriate, I tho..

    • She was a fifteen year old schoolgirl when she left they UK and does anyone here know at what age th..

    • @Al... I knew right and wrong at 15 and she saw the atrocities that Isis were committing out there t..

    • just let her rot in Syria, just look at her tried to be come a normal western girls , who paid for t..

    • While we all talk about her and she's newsworthy, she'll be a beacon for other young idiots to follo..

    • She had three babies but unfortunately they all died due to the dire circumstances out there, the la..

    • @Sa...08 Yes, it's usually the kids who suffer and get dragged along by their parents. I wonder if ..

    • Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians where killed by British and American bombers ordered to ..

    • Her father lives in Bangladesh now, looked quite ancient. Don't know about her mother.

    • @Al... that's what she wants, to come over here on trial hope there is no evidence left and then get..

    • It does cost a fortune to trail would be terrorists here and not enough people to do the job. She wo..

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    • @Sa...08 I've mentioned this on another post our latest terrorist attack in Croydon there were 7 su..

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    • @So... yes there are too many.

    • What a waste of time - all this damned fuss about a committed ISIS camp follower. All identified ter..

    • @Ry... absolutely spot-on. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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