Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office bitterly lashed out at the United Kingdom after that country stripped an ISIS man of his citizenship.
The U.K. stripped Jack “Jihadi Jack” Letts of his British citizenship. He’s currently being held captive in Syria.
Letts is a dual British-Canadian citizen and his parents have been fighting for Canada to take him in.
But Goodale’s office is claiming that by stripping Jihadi Jack of his citizenship, the Brits have “off-loaded their responsibilities.” His office added that “Canada is disappointed.”
Letts has been held prisoner in a Kurdish prison for the past two years as the U.K. and Canada duked it out over who was responsible for the wayward young man.
The Brit — who has never lived in Canada — travelled to Syria to help support the terror organization known as the Islamic State.
Goodale’s office says it is aware of multiple Canadian citizens detained in Syria, but consular services will not be provided due “to undue risk in this dangerous part of the world.”
The statement also says there is no legal obligation to facilitate their return to Canada.
A statement from the Home Office in the U.K. says revoking British citizenships is one way it counters terrorist threats, adding the government does not comment on individual cases.
Goodale’s office says Canadians involved in terrorism or violent extremism must be held accountable for their actions.