Cage, a group which campaigns on behalf of communities affected by the "war on terror", has admitted it made mistakes after a report it commissioned castigated its actions following revelations that Isis's chief executioner had sought its help as a student in London.

The small campaign group gained worldwide attention after it emerged Briton Mohammed Emwazi, unmasked in February as "Jihadi John", took his claims of harassment by the British authorities first to Cage.

A hastily arranged press conference lasting almost an hour was broadcast live on both Sky and BBC news in which Cage's research director Asim Qureshi said Emwazi had been a "beautiful young man".

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