On Monday in the bid of trying to release the overseas prisoner dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the British media, neither the governing Liberals nor the Opposition Conservatives showed enthusiasm.
Questions once again emerged about the fate of Jack Letts, the British-Canadian man held in a Kurdish jail in Syria, following word that London recently revoked his citizenship.
The imprisoned’s father John,spoke for his son saying he went to Syria to help create a peaceful Muslim state. The parent adds that Letts was never involved in violence perpetrated by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
When questioned on Monday if he would welcome Letts to Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would only say it is a crime to travel internationally with the aim of supporting terrorism. “And that is a crime that we will continue to make all attempts to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. That is the message we have for Canadians and for anyone involved.”
The Canadian government expressed disappointment Sunday that the United Kingdom had moved to “off-load their responsibilities” by stripping Letts’ British citizenship.
Terrorism knows no borders, so countries need to work together to keep each other safe,” the federal statement said.
“Investigating, arresting, charging and prosecuting any Canadian involved in terrorism or violent extremism is our primary objective. They must be held accountable for their actions.”
The government stated that while it is aware of Canadian citizens detained in Syria, there is no legal obligation to facilitate their return. “We will not expose our consular officials to undue risk in this dangerous part of the world.”