Jihadi Jack's parents brand Sajid Javid a 'coward' over revoked citizenship

Cheryl Sanders
August 19, 2019

Despite expressing remorse over joining the terror group, Letts, 24, is now believed to have had his British citizenship revoked, sparking a diplomatic row with Canada.

Jack Letts was 18 when he left his Oxfordshire home and joined the terrorists in 2014 - marrying in Iraq and moving to Raqqa in Syria.

The Muslim convert who joined Isis known as "Jihadi Jack" has been stripped of his United Kingdom citizenship, it has been reported.

But the UK Home Office refused to confirm the decision, saying it doesn't comment on individual cases.

The YPG charged him with being a member of the Islamic State group and called on the British government to take him back. The young man, nicknamed "Jihadi Jack" by the British media, has since been held in a jail in northern Syria.


Jack's suggestion that he wasn't innocent in an interview with ITV was made under duress, Letts said. "This government in using such powers affirms only the notion that Britain is declaring its self incapable of administering justice and thus weakening our standing as a nation with values".

Former defence minister Tobias Ellwood said removing the radicalised fighter's citizenship "shunts the responsibility elsewhere" when many fighters were "radicalised here in the UK".

He added: "It is not in our own interests or those of other innocent countries that such people should be left stateless and unaccountable. What if Canada follows this bad example?" he added - although he did not make it clear why it would be the interests of the British people to take in "dangerous, evil people".

He went on to plead to be allowed back to the United Kingdom, however, the Daily Mail reports that one of the last decisions of Theresa May's government was to strip Letts of his citizenship.

His parents, John Letts, 58, who also has dual British and Canadian citizenship, and his mother, Sally Lane, 57, were convicted at the Old Bailey in June of one charge of funding terrorism in September 2015.


Sky sources have also confirmed the decision to revoke Letts' citizenship was taken under the premiership of Theresa May and signed off by the previous home secretary.

Under global law, a person can only be stripped of their citizenship by a government as long as it does not leave the individual stateless.

Shamima Begum, who left Bethnal Green in London aged 15 to join Isis, was stripped of her British citizenship by Javid in February after it was argued she could apply to become a Bangladeshi citizen.

"Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information", the spokesperson said. "Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship.is one way we can counter the terrorist threat posed by some of the most risky individuals and keep our country safe", the spokesperson said.


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