Mohammed Emwazi, the Brit identified as "Jihadi John", an ISIL executioner, was once a successful salesman for a Kuwaiti IT company, it was reported on Monday. According to the UK's Guardian, Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born and London-raised graduate who features in ISIL videos apparently beheading hostages, had a natural gift for his work.
His unnamed former boss in Kuwait City told the newspaper: “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.”
The paper said that in Kuwait, the then 21-year-old Emwazi was given a three-month probation period, earning 300 Kuwaiti dinars per month, plus 50 dinars expenses, and promised five percent commission on business he brought in. The former boss added that, after a stellar probation period, Emwazi disappeared in April 2010 after a trip to London.
“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 former manager added in comments published by the newspaper.
Emwazi’s immediate family are from Kuwait, and his father Jassem, mother Ghaneyah, and eldest brother Omar were on Sunday taken in for routine questioning by Kuwaiti authorities, the paper added.
Earlier on Monday it was reported that Emwazi was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government.
The British government's view is set out in court papers, reviewed by Reuters and publicly available on the Internet, which refer to 2011 and 2013 British legal hearings concerning two of Emwazi's London associates, known only as Iranian-born "CE" and Ethiopian-born "J1."
The court papers reported in The Observer and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, offer a fleeting glimpse of Emwazi's life in London before he left for Syria.
They show that Emwazi was known to Britain's security services as early as 2011 and that they believed he was part of a group involved in procuring funds and equipment "for terrorism-related purposes" in Somalia.
They show that authorities thought Emwazi was part of a network that numbered at least 12 people.