Shamima Begum appoints human rights lawyer, 79, who represented hate preacher Abu Qatada, Julian Assange and former IRA suspects the Birmingham Six
- Lawyer Gareth Peirce, 79, is representing Shamima Begum in citizenship fight
- Peirce made her name representing the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four
- She is also representing another family of an IS terrorist with citizenship revoked
Shamima Begum is being represented by one of the UK’s top human rights lawyers whose past clients include hate preacher Abu Qatada.
Gareth Peirce, once described as the lawyer of choice ‘for every accused jihadist and IRA suspect’, took on the case last week.
The 79-year-old, who was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and Oxford University, is now also currently representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his battle against extradition to the US after his arrest last week.
Gareth Peirce, 79, took on the case last week. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and Oxford University
The solicitor made her name representing the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four – two groups of Irishmen falsely convicted of IRA bombings in UK pubs in 1974.
She also represented Judith Ward, who was wrongfully convicted of the M62 coach bombing.
Other clients included Moazzam Begg, who was held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly three years, and the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.
The Brazilian electrician was mistaken for an Islamist terrorist and shot dead by police at Stockwell Tube station in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
Shamima Begum, left, is being represented by Gareth Peirce, once described as the lawyer of choice ‘for every accused jihadist and IRA suspect’. Pierce’s past clients include hate preacher Abu Qatada, right
In Qatada’s case, she was said to have pulled off a breathtaking coup by filing an eleventh-hour appeal to Europe on behalf of her widely demonised client in 2012.
The move wrong-footed Theresa May, then Home Secretary, and delayed the fanatic’s deportation to Jordan.
He was eventually kicked out of Britain the following year.
Mrs Peirce, who has turned down a CBE for services to justice, is also representing the family of another Islamic State terrorist whose British citizenship has been revoked.
Officials believe El Shafee Elsheikh was part of a notorious ‘execution cell’ – dubbed The Beatles by their hostages because of their British accents – responsible for the beheading of at least 27 Western hostages.
Officials believe El Shafee Elsheikh, left, was part of a notorious ‘execution cell’ responsible for the beheading of at least 27 Western hostages. Pierce is representing his family. She is also currently representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right
Elsheikh, 30, was captured last year and is being held by Western-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. He could face trial in the US this summer.
Sir Ludovic Kennedy, a campaigner against miscarriages of justice, dedicated a book her, calling her ‘the doyenne of British defence lawyers’.