Ji­hadi Jack’s par­ents in at­tack on For­eign Of­fice

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THE par­ents of Jack Letts – nick­named Ji­hadi Jack – have said the For­eign Of­fice is be­ing “com­pletely ob­struc­tive” as they bid to help their son, who is be­ing held by Kurds in Syria.

Mr Letts, who turns 22 on Tues­day, con­verted to Is­lam and trav­elled to Syria in 2014. The for­mer Ox­ford A-level stu­dent pre­vi­ously told the BBC he is in soli­tary con­fine­ment in Kur­dish-held north-east Syria.

Sally Lane, Mr Letts’ mother, told the Guardian that the FCO and Boris John­son have re­fused to help in get­ting their son re­leased.

The 55-year-old told the pa­per: “The For­eign Of­fice have been com­pletely ob­struc­tive.

“[For­eign Of­fice min­is­ter] Alis­tair Burt has sent us four iden­ti­cal let­ters say­ing that they can’t do any­thing.”

Mean­while, his fa­ther John Letts said he was an­gered by com­ments made by in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Rory Ste­wart, who said the only way of deal­ing with Bri­tish Is­lamic State fighters in Syria is to kill them in al­most ev­ery case.

The fam­ily dis­pute claims their son trav­elled to Syria to join the so­called Is­lamic State, and Mr Letts said: “Surely this is il­le­gal. In a demo­cratic sys­tem in this coun­try, you don’t have the death penalty and you can’t just go and kill any­one if you think they’re guilty.”

An FCO spokes­woman told the pa­per: “We have con­sis­tently made clear over the last few years that peo­ple should not travel to Syria and parts of Iraq.

“As out­lined in the FCO’s travel ad­vice, the Gov­ern­ment is un­able to pro­vide sup­port to Bri­tish na­tion­als in Syria, as the UK Gov­ern­ment does not have con­sular rep­re­sen­ta­tion there.”

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