Canada will repatriate Britain’s ‘Jihadi Jack’, 28, from Syrian prison camp – raising fears scores of ISIS sympathisers could soon return to their home countries

Canada will repatriate British-born Isil member ‘Jihadi Jack’ from an Islamic State prison camp in north-east Syria.

Muslim convert Jack Letts, 28, had held duel UK and Canadian citizenship but declared himself an ‘enemy of Britain’ after fleeing his Oxfordshire home to fight in Syria.

After being captured by Kurdish authorities in 2017, he begged to be allowed back to the UK. 

The Home Office tore up his British passport in 2019, making him the responsibility of the Canadian government. 

Canada will repatriate British-born Isil member ‘Jihadi Jack’ from an Islamic State prison camp in north-east Syria

Muslim convert Jack Letts, 28, had held duel UK and Canadian citizenship but declared himself an 'enemy of Britain' after fleeing his Oxfordshire home to fight in Syria

Muslim convert Jack Letts, 28, had held duel UK and Canadian citizenship but declared himself an ‘enemy of Britain’ after fleeing his Oxfordshire home to fight in Syria

Despite being close allies, the decision to strip Letts of his British citizenship sparked fury in Ottawa.

A diplomatic source said the Canadian government had ‘gone berserk’ at the decision to remove Letts’s UK citizenship because he had ‘very little to do with Canada’. 

The move has raised fears that scores of ISIS sympathisers could soon return to their home countries.

Begum – one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join ISIS – also lost her UK passport after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

The Londoner fled the UK in February 2015 and lived under ISIS rule for more than three years where she married a Dutch jihadi.

Canada said it would take back 23 of its citizens after the detainees’ relatives argued prevention would violate their constitutional rights, The Telegraph reported.

The Canadian federal court’s decision was based on the conditions of the prison and that they haven’t been charged or convicted.

The ruling read: ‘The conditions of the… men are even more dire than those of the women and children who Canada has just agreed to repatriate.

Sally Lane and John Letts (pictured), who is Canadian, sent £223 to their son while he was in Syria despite learning he had joined IS. They were convicted of funding terrorism

Sally Lane and John Letts, who is Canadian, sent £223 to their son while he was in Syria despite learning he had joined IS. They were convicted of funding terrorism. (Pictured: Sally Lane and John Letts)

After converting to Islam at 16, Letts travelled to the Middle East in 2014, where he married an Iraqi woman

After converting to Islam at 16, Letts travelled to the Middle East in 2014, where he married an Iraqi woman

‘There is no evidence any of them have been tried or convicted, let alone tried in a manner recognized or sanctioned by international law.’ 

After converting to Islam at 16, Letts travelled to the Middle East in 2014, where he married an Iraqi woman. 

He was captured and jailed in 2017 by forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terror group.

Letts’s parents were found guilty at the Old Bailey in 2019 of funding terrorism. 

They were sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. 

Sally Lane and John Letts, who is Canadian, sent £223 to their son while he was in Syria despite learning he had joined IS. 

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