Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Jihadi Jack’s mother sparks ‘outrage’ demanding the UK show sympathy for ISIS fanatic | UK | News

Sally Lane, 57, who was convicted along with her husband for funding terrorism after they were found to have sent cash to Syria, said her son has been made a scapegoat by the Government. She said their 24-year-old son, whose real name is Jack Letts, is “a victim of a witch hunt” before vowing to do everything in her power to bring him back to the middle class life in Oxfordshire he left behind to fight for ISIS. Mrs Lane told Mail Online: “My son is a victim of a witch hunt. He is a scapegoat for the Government.”

But neighbours, who asked not to be named, called her bid for sympathy an “outrage”.

They said: “They can’t see how they come across.

“Their son was an ISIS terrorist and now they want us to feel sorry for him rather than his victims. Most people are outraged.”

A Home Office spokesman re-iterated the former Jihadi remains a terror threat to Britain.

He added: “Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information.

“This power is one way we can counter the terrorist threat posed by some of the most dangerous individuals and keep our country safe.”

Mrs Lane said despite this she and her husband John Letts, 58, an organic farmer, were “doing everything possible” to convince Canada to take their son, who also holds a Canadian passport.

But just yesterday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed Canda will not take the Muslim convert.

READ MORE: Jihadi Jack: ISIS terrorist stripped of UK passport

“Our legislation works on the assumption – and it is actually stated in legislation – that you have to leave from Canada in order to be prosecuted for a terrorist offence. We are unable to initiate any prosecution.”

A spokesman for Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, said: “Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities.”

This week, ITV interviewed Jack after he found out his passport had been revoked.

He insisted he “never felt British” after being stripped of his UK citizenship for joining the terrorist group ISIS.

Speaking to ITV News from jail, Mr Letts said he has accepted that he’ll never see his parents and but was “not surprised” by the UK Government’s decision to take away his passport.

He said: “I’m not surprised, I was expecting something like this to be honest.

“I’ve been here for two-and-a-half years and the British Government has not helped me at all.

“Even if they didn’t strip me of my citizenship, it’s like I’m not a British citizen anyway.

“I don’t think where you are from is based on a piece of paper. These things have very little meaning to me to be honest. I don’t think British citizenship is a big deal.

“I’ve always felt that I am Canadian, my dad is Canadian, and I never grew up being accepted as a British person anyway.”

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