- Jack Letts, a middle-class Muslim convert from Oxford, escaped former ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria before becoming a prisoner of Kurdish PYD forces
- Nothing heard of Letts, 21, since July 8, when he sent his parents, John and Sally, anguished messages from prison cell in Syria
- His parents’ solicitor will this week file criminal complaint against Kurdish officials at PYD’s European office in Berlin
The parents of a middle-class Muslim convert from Oxford who claims he has been tortured by Kurdish militia plan to sue the Foreign Office in a bid to force the Government to bring their son home.
Jack Letts, nicknamed Jihadi Jack after he travelled to Islamic State-controlled Raqqa in Syria in 2014, was captured by Kurdish PYD forces after he escaped from IS.
This newspaper disclosed last week that nothing has been heard of Letts, 21, since July 8, when he sent his parents, John and Sally, anguished messages from his prison cell in Syria.
His parents’ solicitor, Tayab Ali, last night revealed that besides suing the British Government, he will this week also file a criminal complaint against Kurdish officials at the PYD’s European office in Berlin.
He will allege that, by defending Letts’s treatment and unlawful detention, they are complicit – a crime under German law. Both actions are being supported by the human rights charity Reprieve.
Letts insists that he did not fight for IS, and before his escape he publicly condemned them – for which, he says, he was detained in the terror group’s jails.
The basis for the case against the Foreign Office is the claim in messages from Letts to his parents that his Kurdish interrogators had been supplied with questions by British officials, suggesting the UK knows where he is and who is holding him.
Mr Ali wrote on Friday asking the Foreign Office to intervene with the PYD to obtain Letts’s release.
He stated that it should also ‘make representations that under no circumstances should Jack Letts be subjected to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment… You will understand that sending questions while Jack is being subjected to torture may make UK agents complicit in that torture’.
Mr Ali told The Mail on Sunday that if his request is refused, he will file a High Court judicial review – on the grounds the Government is failing in its duty to assist British citizens.
He said: ‘The PYD are our allies, and they have confirmed they have not even received a request to transfer Jack Letts to UK custody. There can be no adequate reason for refusing even to ask for him to be handed over.’
Last week, Sinam Mohamad, the PYD’s European representative, issued a statement denying Letts had been tortured.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said she had nothing to add to previous statements: the Government could do nothing while Letts was in Syria, because there is no UK consulate there.
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