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Parents of Jihadi Jack ‘sent money to fund terrorism’

‘Cash to Syria’: Sally Lane and John Letts, parents of
Daesh suspect Jack Letts (below), arrive at Old Bailey PICS: PA

THE parents of a Muslim convert nicknamed ‘Jihadi Jack’ knew they were funding terrorism when they sent him money in Syria, a court was told.

Sally Lane, 56, and John Letts, 58, believed Oxford-born Jack Letts, now 23, was being manipulated by Daesh militants when they sent cash three times in 2015 and 2016, it is alleged.

The couple were warned not to do so by academics, police, his friends and a charity worker they sought out for advice on how to encourage him to return to the UK, the Old Bailey heard.

Alison Morgan QC, prosecuting, said: ‘It was clear from the information available to them at that time that their son had joined Islamic State and was in Syria.’ She said the sums sent were ‘not vast’ but added the parents ‘would have had reasonable cause to suspect the money might be used by him or others to support terrorist activity’.

Jack Letts was 16 when he converted to Islam and joined a local mosque, the court heard.

Ms Morgan said Letts’ parents ignored pleas from his friends to confiscate his passport after he was radicalised. His father even claimed Letts was on a ‘grand adventure’, the court heard. Lane was concerned her son would fight in Syria but in May 2014 bought a £407.91 ticket for him to fly to Jordan, from where he travelled to Syria, Ms Morgan said.

Lane and Letts, both of Oxford, deny three counts of funding terrorism. The trial continues.