Parents of Isis suspect 'Jihadi Jack' Letts charged with terror offences

Jack Letts was suspected of leaving home to join Isis last year when he was aged 18

Adam Withnall
Wednesday 01 June 2016 16:17
The jury was shown a photo of Jack Letts posing at the Tabqa Dam outside Raqqa
The jury was shown a photo of Jack Letts posing at the Tabqa Dam outside Raqqa

The parents of an Oxford teenager who was suspected of travelling to join Isis in Syria have been charged with terror offences.

Jack Letts, dubbed "Jihadi Jack", was suspected of leaving home to join Isis last year when he was aged 18.

Now 20 years old, Letts was most recently reported to be going by the name Abu Mohammed, having married an Iraqi woman with whom he has a son, Muhammed.

He was also reported to be living in the Fallujah, an Isis-controlled city in Iraq currently under siege in a major offensive by the government. In messages seen by The Independent, Letts has denied the reports.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit (Sectu) confirmed that it had charged John Letts, a leading organic farmer and baker, and Sally Lane with making money available for a terrorist purpose.

Previously, the pair have said they sent their son money for glasses and food.

A Sectu spokesman said: "John Letts, aged 55, of Chilswell Road, Oxford was charged with three counts of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make available money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a terrorist purpose contrary to section 17 Terrorism Act 2000.

"Sally Lane, aged 53, also of Chilswell Road, Oxford, was also charged with the same three counts.

The couple have been released on bail to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 9 June.

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