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British Muslim convert ‘Jihadi Jack’ Letts charged with being member of ISIS after being captured by Kurds in Syria

THE son of a posh farmer who converted to Islam and travelled to Syria has been charged with being a member of ISIS.

‘Jihadi Jack’ Letts, 21, from Oxford, was captured by Kurdish fighters after fleeing the terror group’s de facto capital of Raqqa earlier this year.

Jihadi Jack
‘Jihadi Jack’ has been charged by Kurdish officials of being a member of ISIS
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He has now been charged by Kurdish officials with being a member of the self-styled caliphate who were kicked out of their stronghold this month.

In a statement they said he had been taken to a prison in Rojava in northern Syria and that an investigation was being carried out by their police force.

‘Jihadi Jack’ travelled to Syria in 2014 – having earlier converted to Islam while at school in Cherwell – and is understood to have been captured in May 2017.

During his time in the Levant he was pictured wearing an army fatigue shirt and sporting a beard while appearing to raise his right index finger in a manner synonymous with ISIS supporters.

John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, were charged with terrorism-related offences last June for trying to send Jack money
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John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, believe the Government has not done enough to help their son[/caption]

However, he has previously said he is opposed to ISIS and his parents have claimed the British Government has not done enough to help their son.

John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, also said earlier this week that it was “absolutely unbelievable” a Government would suggest killing returning British jihadis.

Rory Stewart MP, an ex-diplomat and army officer, said that such individuals had moved so far away from any allegiance to Britain that “unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them”.

Ms Lane said: “The fact it is publicly acceptable for him to say that just beggars belief.”

The statement issued by Kurdish officials is the first time that they have formally acknowledged the fact they have detained him.

In June the former Oxford schoolboy said he was being held in a Kurdish jail and begged to be released so he could “explain some things to his mum”.

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