Jack Letts denies being a terrorist. To leave him to rot in Syria rather than be questioned at home would betray the values that separate us from Isis
Until 2014, Jack Letts had a normal life. He grew up in a middle-class family in Oxford, attended a good state school and was surrounded by a close-knit group of friends. I know this first-hand, as for many years we were classmates. However, the last three years have been anything but ordinary for Jack. In 2014, having converted to Islam, he travelled to Syria. He has remained there since, along the way being dubbed Jihadi Jack by the British media, after an image surfaced of him making a hand gesture widely used by Islamic State.
In May, the 21-year-old was captured by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units after leaving territory that had been controlled by Isis. He has since been charged with being a member of Isis.
To have a hope of combating home-grown terrorism, we must offer a pathway to redemption where appropriate