Author: Arab NewsSat, 2017-06-03 23:06ID: 1496509782336739500
DUBAI: A 21-year-old British man who converted to Islam and then traveled to Syria — where he is now being held by Kurdish militia — is begging is captors for his release so he can “explain some things to his mom”.
Former Oxford schoolboy, John Letts, who denies accusations that he traveled to Syria to join Daesh, says he has “no idea” what is going to happen to him.
Speaking to Middle East press Letts said: “I want to get out of prison, because I’m currently still in prison with the YPG [Kurdish militia].
’I have no idea what is going to happen to me now… It’s the future, no one knows except for Allah.”
He has not been seen by his parent, John Letts and Sally Lane, for more than three years, but they were charged in June 2016 for terror-related offenses after trying to send him some money.
On discovering her son was still alive, his mother told the local British newspaper, the Oxford Mail: “We are immensely relieved. It’s the first time we’ve known that he might have survived all this. It’s obviously not great that Jack is being detained but we are just glad he is now out of the situation he was in before.”
It is understood that Jack Letts converted to Islam while he was a teenager at Cherwell School in the UK, where he was described as a “class clown.”
When he fled the UK is understood he changed his name to Abu Muhamed, living in Iraq, but he became known as Jihadi Jack after claims he was joining Daesh.
Friends told British website MailOnline that he was “still smart and got fair grades.”
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