‘Jihadi Jack’ misses doughnuts & kebabs... but not his parents
Jack Letts – dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ – told Channel 4 News he opposes IS and denied that he is fighting for them.
He said he went to Syria to “search for truth” and he has no regrets about his choice
Jack’s parents, John Letts and Sally Lane, will face a terror trial next year after being charged with sending their son money after he was accused of joining IS.
Parents of Jihadi Jack face terrorism charges for sending him moneyhttps://t.co/FIjoeOULrD— RT UK (@RTUKnews) June 10, 2016
The couple wired £1,723 to Jack between September 2015 and January 2016.
A judge described the parents as “perfectly decent” and having acted out of love for their son, while stressing the actions still constitute an offence.
In an online statement, Jack said he “hated” his parents “for the sake of Allah” because they are non-believers.
“They reject the religion of truth, so I reject them. I hate the Kuffaar, and am free from them. Die in your rage.”
Speaking to Channel 4, Jack denied he is an IS fighter.
“Currently I’m not,” he said, adding: “I’m not and nor do I agree with lot of what they follow.”
In a separate statement in Arabic, which he said should be remembered as his final words if he is killed, Jack wrote: “I oppose so-called Islamic State, but that doesn’t mean I am with you, the dirty non-Muslims.”
When Channel 4 asked Jack if he is a terrorist, he replied: “Do you mean by the English Government’s definition, that anyone that opposes a non-Islamic system and man-made laws, then, of course, by that definition, I suppose they’d say I’m a terrorist.”
He said he narrowly survived an airstrike with just “a scratch,” and made clear he is not afraid of death because “a Muslim understands that his life is between the hands of Allah.”
Although he doubts he would be welcome if he returned to Britain, Jack admitted he misses the “small things,” such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts and kebabs.
The 20-year-old said he went to Syria “searching for the truth, and people of truth, and I don’t regret that I came.”
“I searched for the people of truth, and I found a lot of them here. I found people that act on what they learn and teach, and benefited a lot from them, Alhamdulillah (praise be to God).”