British Islamic State fighter Jack Letts, whose parents were convicted of funding terrorism, wanted to return to the UK, but the Home Office refused his entry back to home.
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.
On Friday his parents John Letts, 58, an internationally renowned organic grain farmer, and Sally Lane, 57, a former Oxfam fundraiser, were found guilty of one charge of funding terrorism by sending £223 in 2015. They were cleared of sending him a further £1,000 and a verdict could not be reached on a third charge related to an attempt to send £500.
In an interview with the BBC, Letts said that he would not appeal to the British public to give him a second chance. Letts admitted that he fought for Isis but he did not believe he had killed anyone.
Noor Dahri who is the Executive Director of ITCT, commented on this news:
“The Home Office adopted a balanced and fair policy after Shamima Begum’s case towards all UK jihadists who left the country to join ISIS that they are not welcome back to the country. They left the country on their own will and when they saw the defeat of ISIS, they decided to return with their bloody violent ideology. The Home secretary Sajid Javed has an open rejection policy for British jihadists that their return is not in public interest therefore they will not be granted permission to enter into the country.”