Mohammad Emwazi, who has been identified as ISIS executioner "Jihadi John," has been described as a “dog, an animal and a terrorist” by his father Jassem Emwazi, 51, the Telegraph reported.
Emwazi’s colleague Abu Meshaal spoke to the publication, revealing how the balaclava-clad Islamic State executioner had begged for forgiveness during a phone call from Turkey before leaving for Syria in 2013 and how his father rejected his pleas.
"Mohammed called his father and said 'I'm going to Syria to fight jihad, please release me and forgive me for everything.' Emwazi said, "F*** you. I hope you die before you arrive in Syria,’" Meshaal recounted.
Mohammed had apparently lied about his plans to his family all along. He told his parents that he wanted to go to Syria for humanitarian purposes. But when American journalist James Foley’s execution video was out, Ghaneya Emwazi, 47, the militant’s mother, reportedly told the Kuwaiti police that she had recognized her son as the executioner in the clip.
Emwazi even explained to Meshaal how he convinced his son to come back, but Mohammad did not listen to him.
“He said he had talked to him a lot trying to persuade him to return to his personal life but that the son didn't listen to him. He said, 'To hell with my son,’’’ Meshaal stated. Emwazi has even stopped going to work where he works as a storekeeper in Cooperative supermarket depot in Kuwait since the news broke on Thursday.
Emwazi had spoken to Abu Meeshal on a phone call as he described his family’s ordeal.
"He said he cannot come back to work because he felt so shy of other people," Meshaal continued. "He is sitting home and cannot even go to the mosque to pray because he is ashamed of his son. He doesn't want people to see him, so he is praying at home."
Although the authorities in Kuwait do not hold Emwazi responsible for any of his son's doings, the man feels disgraced.