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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:12 PM

UK Home Office thwarted return home of Isis suspect Jack Letts

Source: The Observer

Home Office thwarted return home of Isis suspect Jack Letts

Letts was disillusioned in Syria but his case officer was told to ‘back off’ by the government

Mark Townsend
Sun 23 Jun 2019 09.02 BST Last modified on Sun 23 Jun 2019 09.15 BST

British Islamic State fighter Jack Letts, whose parents were convicted of funding terrorism, wanted to return to the UK, but the Home Office pulled the plug on attempts to rehabilitate him.

The 23-year-old – known as “Jihadi Jack” – who joined Isis as a teenager, had discussed leaving Syria in 2016 with a counter-radicalisation expert until the UK government took him off the Letts case, the Observer has learned.

On Friday his parents were found guilty of funding terror by sending money to Letts while he was living with Isis in Syria.

The Muslim convert, currently in custody in a Kurdish jail, told his Home Office-appointed counter-terrorism specialist that he was prepared to come home to face the UK authorities.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/23/jihadi-jack-letts-isis-return-home-thwarted-home-office

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