Plans to smuggle Jihadi Jack out of Syria and take him to Canada collapse at the last minute ‘after
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Plans to smuggle 'Jihadi Jack' out of Syria and take him to Canada collapsed at the last minute 'after Foreign Office intervention,' an MP has revealed.
Jack Letts, 23, fled his hometown of Oxford to join ISIS in 2014 where he said he lived on 'the Oxford Street of Raqqa', got married to an Iraqi and fathered a child.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle claimed Letts - whose father is Canadian - was just days away from being transited to Canada before 'another party' blocked the move.
The Canadian government pledged 'they would do everything' to ensure the release of Letts and planned his transit through Turkey, Channel 4 reported.
But suddenly last year Ottawa wrote to John Letts and Sally Lane to say they could no longer guarantee the release of their son.
Mr Russell-Moyle went to visit the Kurdish prison and told the broadcaster: 'My understanding is that hesitant agreement had been reached with them and the Canadians.
'The words that they used to me - and this was last year now - is that it is a matter of days or weeks in which Jack will be sent to Canada. And then it fell apart at the last minute due to the intervention of another party.' Mr Russell-Moyle said that he believed this 'other party' was 'either the British government or the Americans'.
His father said that his son realised he made a stupid mistake, while his mother said she was heartbroken when she heard him speak last week.
Letts spoke to ITV from the Kurdish jail where he has been held for two years and said, 'I miss my mum.' He continued: 'I feel British, I am British. If the UK accepted me I would go back to the UK, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.'
After his interview, the Home Office wrote: 'In recent days the Home Secretary has clearly stated that his priority is the safety and security of Britain and the people who live here.
'In order to protect this country, he has the power to deprive someone of their British citizenship where it would not render them stateless.
'We do not comment on individual cases, but any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not taken lightly.'
Unlike Shamima Begum, Letts remains a British citizen.
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