The father of a suspected ISIS jihadi is begging Canada to take his son in, insisting that he’s not a terrorist.
And he deserves Canada’s protection.
Jack Letts — dubbed Jihadi Jack by the British media — is imprisoned in Syria for being a member of the Islamic State.
Not so, says his dad, John Letts Sr.
Instead, young Jihadi Jack — a dual British-Canadian citizen — is a naive young man who travelled to Syria hoping to create a peaceful, utopian Muslim state and wound up trapped when ISIS took control over exit points.
The United Kingdom has washed its hands of him.
Now, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is hammering the government over its overtures to spring the young jihadi.
According to CBC News, John Letts Sr. is calling Scheer a liar.
“I am writing to you because I have to do something to challenge the misinformation that has appeared in the Canadian media recently — lies repeated and exaggerated by Mr. Andrew Scheer,” Letts Sr. writes.
Although Jihadi Jack has lived in Canada, his father (a Canadian citizen who lives in the UK) is nonetheless demanding action and protection.
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Instead, he said young Letts opposed the ISIS terrorists and was never involved in the gruesome carnage the death cult unleashed.
Earlier this week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blasted the Trudeau government over reports that consular officials initiated contact with Letts — whom Scheer described as a known jihadi fighter — about coming to Canada.
But the father is no terror sympathizer, saying he shares “the disgust of my fellow Canadians” over ISIS atrocities. And he will not truck with traitors.
For Jack Letts, the portrait of him as an ISIS stooge didn’t jibe with old school friends in the UK.
“At school, he was very much the classroom clown and was liked by a lot of students,” a former friend told The Times of London.
“That’s why this whole thing of him going to live in Syria and join ISIS doesn’t make any sense.”
John Letts says if Scheer’s assertions about his son’s involvement in terrorism aren’t challenged, his son will die soon, a victim of fake news and government inaction.