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The parents of Jack Letts, who ran away to Syria to join Islamic State, are on trial at the Old Bailey 

The parents of Jack Letts, who ran away to Syria to join Islamic State, are on trial at the Old Bailey

The prosecution of the parents of a young Muslim convert dubbed Jihadi Jack has been described as inhumane to the point of being cruel, a court heard.

Organic wheat farmer John Letts, 58, and his former Oxfam fundraiser wife Sally Lane, 56, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of funding terrorism.

They allegedly sent or attempted to send £1,723 to their son Jack Letts after he travelled to Syria in 2014 aged 18 and joined Islamic State.

Jurors have to decide whether a person would reasonably have suspected the money would go to terrorism and whether the couple acted under duress believing their son was in immediate danger at the time.

The couple deny three counts of funding terrorism and are standing trial at Londons Old Bailey.

Jihadi Jack, the middle class convert from Oxford ?fighting for IS in Syria? Jack Ibrahim Letts / Jack Letts, who now uses the name Ibrahim, in a picture he posted on social media that shows him in Syria. /https://www.facebook.com/jackibrahim.letts/photos / Source: INTERNET

Jihadi Jack left his home in Oxford in 2014 aged 18 to fight for Islamic State in Syria

Mr Letts defence counsel, Henry Blaxland QC, said the parents from Oxford were supportive of the battle against terrorism.

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In his summing up, he said: But this prosecution does absolutely nothing to further the prevention of terrorism.

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In fact it runs the risk of undermining the fight against terrorism because it runs the risk of bringing the law into disrepute.

This prosecution is completely inhumane to the point of being cruel. These parents have to all intents and purposes lost their son.

They are having to deal with that. They are having to deal with the trauma.

Mr Blaxland added that the couple had been let down by the authorities and been given contradictory advice by the people they turned to for help.

John Letts, the father of Jack Letts, the Muslim convert Jihadi Jack, outside the Old Bailey, London. Sally Lane, 57, has denied her son posed a "danger" despite a Facebook post threatening to behead a group of young British soldiers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 5, 2019. Sally Lane, the mother of Jack Letts, told jurors people put "two-and-two together" and made assumptions about Muslim convert Jack Letts' ideology after he travelled to Syria at the age of 18. See PA story COURTS Letts. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

John Letts, the father of Jack Letts, had less involvement in sending the money, the court heard, as he was working on his farm (Picture: PA)

Earlier, Mrs Lanes counsel Tim Maloney QC said an email sent in December 2015 by a police family liaison officer said Mr Letts had been informed they can send Jack funds if there is a genuine belief he needs assistance to leave Syria.

The note added the couple needed to capture all their communication with Jack and remain open with the police.

Mr Maloney added: How is that not permission?

The court heard that follow-up advice three days later said any decision to send money rests with them and they could be liable for prosecution.

The QC added this advice was not clear and unequivocal.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Alison Morgan QC told jurors: Parents turning a blind eye to the obvious is not a defence.

Sally Lane, the mother of Jack Letts, the Muslim convert Jihadi Jack, outside the Old Bailey, London. Lane, 57, has denied her son posed a "danger" despite a Facebook post threatening to behead a gr</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/14/trial-jihadi-jacks-parents-branded-inhumane-point-cruel-9950578/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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