The alleged ISIS executioner dubbed “Jihadi John” was a standout employee for a Kuwaiti IT company, according to the boss of the firm.
The radicalized Londoner, now identified as Mohammed Emwazi, then 21, worked for the company as a salesman for about three months before heading back to Britain. The man who has become known as Jihadi John reportedly left the U.K. for Syria in 2013.
Emwazi, 26, who allegedly appears in several horrific ISIS beheading videos and is accused of murdering five hostages, was born in Kuwait but moved to London with his family at a young age. He received a computer science degree from the University of Westminster.
“He was the best employee we ever had. He was very good with people. Calm and decent. He came to our door and gave us his CV. How could someone as calm and quiet as him become like the man who we saw on the news? It’s just not logical that he could be this guy,” his ex-boss at the Kuwait City-based company told the Guardian.
Apparently, it was unusual for IT professionals to leave London or other European cities and its higher salaries to work in Kuwait. “But it seemed as though he faced some problems, maybe family, social or psychological. I didn’t really ask. He wanted a good job (in London) and he wanted to get married, but he couldn’t and it made a problem for him,” the boss opined.
During his sojourn in Kuwait while employed in IT, Emwazi took two emergency leaves of absence to visit his family in London, the second one in April 2010 from which he never returned to Kuwait, although he did take the time to mail the firm his sim card. “Soon after his return to London, counter-terrorism officials detained him and prevented him from returning to Kuwait,” the Guardian added.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, the U.K. intelligence agency MI5 unsuccessfully tried to “turn” Emwazi. Despite being on the terrorist watch list, he was able to slip out of Britain to go to Syria about two years ago.
A picture of Mohammed Emwazi aka Jihadi John wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates hat during his time at the University of Westminster has recently emerged. This didn’t sit well with the MLB team. In a statement, the Pirates declared that “The classic gold P stand for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride. It is absolutely sickening to everyone within the Pirates organization, and to our great fans, to see this murderer wearing a Pirates cap in this old photo.”
[image via Twitter]