Scottish Daily Mail

Kuwait could hand over IS killer’s father to UK

- From Sam Marsden in Kuwait

JIHADI John’s father could be sent back to Britain for questionin­g by Scotland Yard about his son, sources said yesterday.

Jasem Emwazi, 51, lives in northern Kuwait, where he managed a farm supplies depot.

But he is said to have quit on Tuesday after his eldest child Mohammed was identified as the notorious Islamic State executione­r.

There is no extraditio­n treaty between Kuwait and Britain, and Mr Emwazi’s lawyer said his client was not even sure his son was the knife-wielding fanatic seen in IS execution videos. However, a Kuwaiti security expert said the country would act on any formal request from Britain for Mr Emwazi to be sent back or interviewe­d there by UK police.

Dr Sami Al Faraj, of the Kuwait Centre for Strategic Studies, said: ‘It’s all in the hands of Britain now. There is no legal case against him in Kuwait.’ Mr Emwazi could face questionin­g from British detectives about when he knew his son had joined IS in Syria and when he first suspected he was Jihadi John. It is an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000 to fail to disclose informatio­n that could prevent an act of terrorism or lead to the capture of anyone involved in terrorism.

Emwazi’s father, a UK citizen, has been interviewe­d by Kuwait police as a witness and is not under criminal investigat­ion. But Kuwaiti security sources say he may be required to return to the UK, where his wife Ghaneya, 47, and four of his children live.

The Foreign Office said yesterday it was providing consular assistance to two Britons in Kuwait, thought to be Mr Emwazi and his eldest daughter Asma, 25.

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