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    Mar 05, 2015

    No proof that my son is 'Jihadi John', says man


    THE father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published yesterday that there was no proof his son was the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executioner, adding that there were "false rumours" circulating.

    "There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in the media, especially through video clips and footage, that the accused is my son Mohammed (Emwazi), who is being referred to as the alleged executioner of Daesh (ISIS)," Jassem Emwazi told the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas.

    The daily said it spoke to the father of Kuwait-born Mohammed at a secret location, in his first media interview following accusations that his son was the extremist who killed several Western hostages.

    "I have a message to the Kuwaiti people that many of the rumours are false," he told the daily.

    "Because I felt that some people have believed it, I have assigned a lawyer to defend me and to prove...that what is being said is untrue," he said.

    It was not clear why he appeared to be retracting statements reported earlier that he and his wife had recognised their son's voice.

    His lawyer Salem Al-Hashash said he would, from Sunday, file lawsuits against those who made accusations against him and his family.

    Mr Hashash said his client was interrogated by the Interior Ministry for three hours, and was released, because there was nothing suspicious about him.

    A lawyer has been appointed in Britain to defend family members there, Mr Hashash said.

    Mohammed, the alleged executioner, was born in Kuwait to a stateless family of Iraqi origin. His parents moved to Britain in 1993 after their hopes of obtaining Kuwaiti citizenship were quashed.

    Mohammed visited Kuwait several times, the last between Jan 18 and April 26, 2010, Al-Qabas said.

    A year later, he was denied entry to Kuwait after his name came up during investigations into attacks in Britain.

    The media and experts have identified Mohammed as the ISIS militant believed to be responsible for beheading at least five Westerners.