LONDON, March 9 (UPI) — Mohammed “Jihadi John” Emwazi reportedly apologized to his family for the shame he has brought them after he was identified as an Islamic State executioner.
Emwazi’s family received the message via a third party from Syria, according to a Sunday Times report. He apologized for “problems and trouble the revelation of his identity has caused” to his parents and siblings.
Emwazi did not apologize about the executions he’s allegedly conducted. Some experts believe his apology may be self-centered due to the Muslim belief that children who dishonor their parents are more likely to go to hell.
Emwazi’s family is in hiding and under police protection. His father, Jasem, who fled to Kuwait, reportedly called his son a “terrorist” and “dog.” He later retracted his statements stating that there is “no proof” that Emwazi is “Jihadi John.”
Emwazi, 26, was identified as “Jihadi John” on February 26. He has appeared in several propaganda videos, some featuring beheadings, including the videos of Japanese hostages Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, before their executions. He has been described as quiet, intelligent and “most deliberate” by former Islamic State hostages.
He studied computer programming at the University of Westminster and is described as coming from an affluent family.