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EXCLUSIVE: John Profumo’s great nephew kills himself 18 months after terror arrest for fighting ISIS in Syria – with his funeral to be held at family’s sprawling Scottish castle

  • Jamie Janson took his life earlier this month, his father Martin told MailOnline
  • The aid worker went to Syria in 2017 to fight against ISIS and he was arrested on suspicion of terror offences when he returned to the UK in March last year
  • Mr Janson had joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) in their struggle against ISIS
  • His funeral will be held at the family’s ancestral home Dunrobin Castle in northern Scotland
  • His grandmother Mary was John Profumo’s sister – the Secretary of State forced to quit in 1963 over his affair with model Christine Keeler

Jamie Janson (above) took his life 18 months after his arrest for fighting ISIS in Syria

Jamie Janson (above) took his life 18 months after his arrest for fighting ISIS in Syria 

The great-nephew of shamed 1960s secretary of state for war John Profumo has killed himself 18 months after returning from fighting ISIS in Syria.

Former aid worker Jamie Janson took his own life, his father told MailOnline.

Mr Janson, 44, had travelled to Syria to fight against ISIS and was arrested on suspicion of terror offences when he returned to the UK in March 2018.

He was released under investigation but was never charged with any offence and is understood to have been living in London at the time of his death.

His father Martin Janson, 72, told MailOnline: ‘My son Jamie took his own life at the age of 44.

‘As a family we are all devastated and do not want to talk about the circumstances. It is tragic and something we are all trying to deal with.

‘There will be a funeral at the family home in the north of Scotland next week.’

Former aid worker Mr Janson's funeral will be at his family's ancestral home Dunrobin Castle in northern Scotland (pictured) later this month, it is believed

Former aid worker Mr Janson’s funeral will be at his family’s ancestral home Dunrobin Castle in northern Scotland (pictured) later this month, it is believed

Mr Janson, 44, had travelled to Syria to fight against ISIS and was arrested on suspicion of terror offences when he returned to the UK in March 2018

Mr Janson, 44, had travelled to Syria to fight against ISIS and was arrested on suspicion of terror offences when he returned to the UK in March 2018

Mr Janson, an aid worker, had joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) in their struggle against ISIS in 2017. At least eight Britons have been killed after volunteering to fight with the YPG.

He fought with the unit in the former ISIS stronghold of Dier az-Zour before battling Turkish forces who launched an attack on the Kurdish held city of Afrin in northern Syria.

He made a video that was widely circulated saying: ‘We international volunteers are standing with our friends in Afrin against the forces of tyranny and aggression.’

He joined the Kurdish People's Protection Unit in their struggle against ISIS in 2017

He joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit in their struggle against ISIS in 2017

When news that his youngest son was in Syria emerged, his father said he was ‘very proud’.

After he returned to the UK in March last year he was arrested at Folkestone on suspicion of terror offences and held overnight in a cell.

His family said he never faced any criminal charges but in an interview for BBC London in April Jansen said he was still waiting to hear if he would be prosecuted.

He is understood to have joined the YPG after doing voluntary work in the former Isis stronghold of Mosul in Iraq.

He has previously helped refugees in Dunkirk, Calais, the Greek island of Chios and Serbia, as well as the Occupied Palestinian Territories and protesting with environmental groups against the oil industry.

Macer Gifford, a former British volunteer with Syrian Kurdish forces said Jansen had continued to support the Kurdish struggle on his return to the UK.

Mr Janson was the eldest of four sons and comes from an aristocractic family.

He was the grandson of the Countess of Sutherland and great nephew of former cabinet minister John Profumo.

Mr Janson’s father Martin was the nephew of scandal-hit Profumo’s sister.

Martin’s mother Mary was Profumo’s sister. 

While Conservative secretary of state for war in 1961, Profumo had a brief relationship with 19-year-old model and dancer Christine Keeler that scandalised British politics and became known as ‘the Profumo affair’.

Her previous relationship with a Russian military intelligence officer led to security fears at the height of the Cold War between the west and Russia.

After initially denying the affair, he resigned from government and parliament and spent the rest of his life working for a charitable organisation and died in 2006.

Mr Janson was the great nephew of former Secretary of State for War John Perfumo (above)

Profumo was forced to quit in disgrace over his relationship with model Christine Keeler (above) in 1961

Mr Janson was the great nephew of former Secretary of State for War John Perfumo who was forced to quit in shame over his relationship with model Christine Keeler in 1961 

Keeler died two years ago aged 75.

The funeral for Janson will take place at Dunrobin Castle in northern Scotland, the ancestral home of the Janson family.

His uncle – the twin brother of his father – is Lord Strathnaver and heir to the the 189-room castle in the Scottish Highlands.

The magnificent castle, which is built in the style of a French chateau, is usually open to the public.

A notice on the castle’s web page says it will be closed next Friday, the date of Janson’s funeral.

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