A Canadian farmer and his British wife are going on trial next week accused of funneling cash to their ISIS worshiping son. John Letts — originally from southern Ontario — and Sally Lane are accused of funding terrorism by sending thousands of dollars to Syria. They have pleaded not guilty.
The couple’s son, Jack ‘Jihadi Jack’ Letts, 20, is believed to be the first white Brit to join the death cult’s ranks.
Jihadi Jack fled his comfortable Oxford home in 2014 to join ISIS in Syria, the Daily Mail reported. He had earlier converted to Islam.
However, the young man denied in an interview with ITV in July that he was currently a member of ISIS. He did say he hated his parents.
“They reject the religion of truth, so I reject them,” he told ITV. “I hate the Kuffaar [non-believers], and am free from them. Die in your rage.”
The suspected terrorist now goes by the name Abu Mohammed and is reportedly married to an Iraqi woman.
Friends of the family have painted the couple’s arrest as part of a “right wing” media conspiracy.
“What I will say is that 95% of what has been published is incorrect, it is desperately wrong,” a friend told the Daily Telegraph. “The only truth is that Jack is a Muslim and he is overseas.”
Jihadi Jack allegedly told his parents he was moving to Kuwait to study Arabic but his real destination was the war zone in Iraq.
The alleged ISIS member’s Canadian dad is believed to have attended Trent University before continuing his education in the United Kingdom.
John Letts has become renowned in the heritage crop community, growing more than 150 different ancient varieties of wheat on his farm near Oxford. He even received a $40,000 grant from Prince Charles’ Countryside Fund.
Their son — described as “polite” and” lovely” — is said to have had a normal upbringing and was a boy who enjoyed soccer and was described as a “class clown.”
One neighbour — a Muslim woman — told the Daily Telgraph she became concerned for the young man when he became interested in radical Islam.
“To hear that he has gone away to Syria brings me utter sadness,” the woman said. “I feel depressed and alI feel bad for him.”
Another neighbour added: “[Jack’s] father is a very good man but now he’s depressed because of all of this.”
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, John Letts said his son was not raised in a home where violence is espoused.
“If Jack has done something seriously wrong, if he is a terrorist, I want to know, and I would be the first to condemn him because that is not how he was raised,” he told the newspaper.
By: Brad Hunter