The two parents of “Jihadi Jack” are currently facing charges for funding terrorism after it was discovered that they sent him money while he was still with the terrorist cell.
Jack Letts, who is also known as “Jihadi Jack”, is a 24-year old ISIS fighter who is being held overseas for being involved with the terror group.
Sally Lane and John Letts, who is himself a Canadian citizen, sent their son £1,723 or $2,870.17 CAD between September 2015 and January 2016. It is alleged that Letts left the United Kingdom in 2014 to go fight for ISIS, shortly after he converted to Islam.
Letts currently has a Canadian citizenship through his father, although it is unclear if Jack Letts has actually stepped foot in Canada.
The lawyers of Letts’ parents claim that the two were given permission to send their son money by anti-terrorism police despite being in Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold.
According to a British MP, the Canadian government was in the process of bringing Jihadi Jack to Canada until the U.K. Home Department interfered in the transfer.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle claims that Letts was being moved out of his Kurdish jail with the help of Canadian officials.
Recent documents have shown that the Liberal government is looking at ways to bring other Canadians who have fought for ISIS overseas back to Canada.
According to the files, members of the Privy Council Office discussed options for “managed returns” of ISIS fighters holding Canadian citizenships.
In another instance, an anonymous Turkish official claimed that the country would be open to helping Canada repatriate their overseas ISIS fighters.
The 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada by Public Safety Canada claims that there are approximately 190 Canadian Extremist Travellers involved in some form of terrorism abroad and that 60 have returned to the country.