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21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘Jihadi Jack’ lashes out at UK after it revokes his citizenship

AFP, London
‘Jihadi Jack’ lashes out at UK after it revokes his citizenship

The Muslim convert dubbed “Jihadi Jack”, who is being held in northern Syria after joining the Islamic State group, on Monday said that Britain’s decision to revoke his citizenship was “not something I recognise.”

Jack Letts, 24, who was a dual UK-Canadian national, was captured by Kurdish forces in Syria in 2017 and is languishing in jail there, despite saying in a media interview earlier this year he would like to return to Britain.

But in a recent interview with ITV News Letts said that “stripping me of British citizenship and not stripping me is the same thing at the end of the day. It’s not something I recognise.” “I never grew up being accepted as a British person anyway,” he added.

“But, in the same way Britain hasn’t helped me for two and a half years, Canada has done nothing. I always thought Canada was a better country, I had this illusion.”

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale dashed hopes of a swift return to Canada for Letts, posting to Twitter that the government had “no legal obligation to facilitate” the return of Canadian citizens detained in Syria.

Goodale earlier confirmed that the United Kingdom had “revoked the citizenship of Jack Letts”, expressing disappointment at the move.

 

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