'Jihadi Jack' parents to face terror trial in UK

The pair will appear in court for a plea hearing on November 17 before their trial commences in the New Year.

Published: 23rd June 2016 06:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2016 06:45 PM   |  A+A-


LONDON: The parents of a white British Muslim convert dubbed "Jihadi Jack", thought to be fighting in Syria with the ISIS militants, will stand trial in January accused of funding terrorism.

Jack Letts, 20, is believed to be the first white Briton fighting in Syria.

John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with three counts of entering or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make money available, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for terrorism.

Jack's mother is charged with two further counts of attempting to provide money or property knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect it could be used for the purpose of terrorism.

The pair will appear in court for a plea hearing on November 17 before their trial commences in the New Year.

They were remanded in custody but after appearing before Justice Saunders earlier this month, they were granted the pair bail.

He had described them as "two perfectly decent people have ended up in custody because of the love of their child".

The couple's defence barrister, Di Middleton, has assured the court they would not attempt to send any more money to their son, and had not done so while on police bail.

Their bail was extended and a trial date of January 9, 2017 has been set, expected to last up to four weeks.

Jack Letts, 20, is suspected of being the first white Briton to join the terror group after he left his Oxford home and travelled to Syria last year.

His parents deny providing money for suspected terrorism and have previously maintained they sent their son money to buy a new pair of glasses.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp