'Jihadi John': Timeline to terror

Human rights group Cage has released information regarding contact they had with the Isis militant, and reported details of his past

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A human rights group has released an extensive report on its contact with Mohammed Emwazi - the man reports have named as Islamic State militant Jihadi John.

Cage, which deals with people who believe they have been mistreated at the hands of British authorities in anti-terror operations, claims it first came into contact with Emwazi in 2009 after he was contacted by MI5 on a safari holiday to Tanzania.

The group claim Emwazi's family was told he had travelled to Syria in 2013.

Here is a timeline of events in Emwazi's life as reported by Cage:

:: 1988 - Emwazi is born in Kuwait and moves to the UK at the age of six.

:: 2009 - He completes a degree in computing from the University of Westminster. He arranges to marry a woman in Kuwait.

:: August 2009 - Emwazi travels to Tanzania with two friends for a Safari holiday. Upon arrival, all three are stopped at the airport in Dar-es-Salaam by border officials and refused entry. The men spend the night in a police station near to the airport in Dar-es-Salaam. They are put on a plane to Schipol, Amsterdam, where they are questioned by a number of men, reportedly including an MI5 officer, who accuse him of attempting to travel to Somalia. Emwazi claims MI5 then tried to recruit him.

The men are released and allowed to return to Dover, where they are questioned again by anti-terror officers.

Emwazi claims the police spoke to his fiancee in Kuwait, ultimately leading her to call off the arranged marriage.

CAGE research director, Asim Qureshi (AP)

:: September 2009 - Emwazi leaves the UK to stay in Kuwait with his father's family.

:: May 2010 - After eight months working in Kuwait, Emwazi returns to the UK for an eight-day visit. He is stopped in Heathrow but allowed to continue. He returns to Kuwait eight days later in early June.

:: July 2010 - After spending a couple more months in Kuwait and making plans to marry a different woman, Emwazi decides to return home once more for a couple of days.

He is stopped in Heathrow airport from returning to Kuwait and questioned for six hours.

The following day he attempts to return to Kuwait but is told he cannot travel further than Dubai as his visa has been refused.


:: 2012 - Emwazi passes a SELTA, teaching English language course with two other friends.

He applies to English language centres in Saudi Arabia and is rejected.

:: 2013 - He changes his name to Mohammed al-Ayan.

He attempts to travel to Kuwait one last time but is prevented and questioned.

Three days after he is prevented from travelling to Kuwait, Emwazi leaves his parents' home to travel abroad.

After a futher three days, his parents report him as a missing person.

Four months later, police arrive at the family home to explain they have information he has entered Syria.