Monday, 16 September, 2019

Canada blasts Brits over stripping Jihadi Jack of United Kingdom citizenship

CTV National News Elusive basking shark Canada slams UK for stripping ISIS jihadist of British citizenship
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"I hope Canada does take me from here if they can", he told the interviewer.

That means that Letts, who has visited Canada a couple of times with his Canadian-born father, could land in our lap.

-Canadian citizen suspected of travelling to Syria in 2014 to join ISIS, federal officials said Monday, a day after British officials revoked the young man's United Kingdom citizenship. But current politics in Canada might not be able to save him at this point. "If they can take me to Canada that would be good".

He told ITV News: "I've always felt I am Canadian, my Dad is Canadian, and I never grew up being accepted as a British person anyway". Canadian political leaders have already faced questions about how they will respond to the dozens of Canadians, including children, trapped in Syria, but families of the Canadians believe there is no political will to do so before the election.

Mr Johnson's government has endorsed Theresa May's decision to strip Letts of his citizenship.

John McKay, the Liberal chair of the Commons national security committee, was quoted by Britain's Telegraph as suggesting Canada could not charge Letts because the legislation says someone has to leave from this country to be prosecuted for an overseas terrorist act.

"This power is one way we can counter the terrorist threat posed by some of the most risky individuals and keep our country safe".

Although he said Canada was aware of some of its citizens who were being held in northern Syria, the spokesman added, "there is no legal obligation to facilitate their return". Before Raqqa fell, Letts escaped ISIS but was captured by the Kurdish YPG militia.

Letts converted to Islam at the age of 16 and fled his home in Oxfordshire, central England, two years later to join IS.

Letts said earlier this year he did not expect to return to Canada.

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Letts said: "Of course I feel guilty".

"We can lead the world and show that there is a way through this mess", said John Letts in an interview from his home in Oxford. These things have very little meaning for me to be honest. "I've been here for two and a half years. If I'm really a Canadian citizen, why haven't they taken me by now?"

In February it faced criticism after stripping Shamima Begum, a teenager who travelled to Syria to marry an IS fighter, of her British citizenship.

The Syrian government said it is willing to work with Canada on his release.

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Asked in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp whether the government had made a decision to repatriate Letts, Goodale said: "We have no obligation to facilitate his travel from his present circumstances, and we have no intention of facilitating that travel".

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told a news conference Tuesday in Toronto that if he were prime minister, the Canadian government would do the bare minimum required by law to help Letts.

"Jihadi Jack is in prison now and that is where he should stay", Scheer said.

He also wants you to forget that the foreign affairs department once reached out to Letts and was hatching a plan to bring him to Canada before news of the situation broke and the government backed away.

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