In the United States, the trial of a Jihadist of the EI very expected by his victims
© Saul Loeb the American Diane Foley (right), whose son James Foley was removed and killed by jihadists of the Islamic State (EI) group in Syria, before the parents of another hostage missing, Kayla Mueller, before the Federal Court of Alexandria, on September 2, 2021 A punishment, a lesson in democracy and, who knows, a little bit of RECONFORT: The victims of an Islamic State cell (EI) specializing in the abduction and execution of Western hostages expect a lot of trial in the United States of
the trial of the British national El Shafee El-Sheikh continues in Alexandria, In Virginia © Hussein Malla / AP / SIPA Jihadists Alexanda Amon Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh belonged to the Daesh cell called the "Beatles". United States - The trial of the British national El Shafee El-Sheikh continues in Alexandria, Virginia
Cruels "Beatles" of Daesh found funny to sing a macabre parody of the Tube Hotel California at their "terrified" hostages, has Told Wednesday in an American court Nicolas Hénin. The former war reporter, which became a consultant, is part of a group of 27 Western journalists and humanitarian times abducted from Syria by Daesh between 2012 and 2015, of which a dozen were executed.
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He testified Wednesday to the 6th day of the trial of El Shafee El-Sheikh , a 33-year-old man accused of having been part of a group of jihadists nicknamed "the Beatles" by their hostages because of their accent. British.
removed in Raqa on June 22, 2013 by other kidnappers, Nicolas Hénin heard from them the first time in August, when the British David Haines and Italian Federico Motka joined him in detention after several weeks under the Cup of these "Sadiques" British. "When I saw them, I thought about the photos of the release of the prisoners of the Nazis camps at the end of the Second World War," said French, with reference to the extreme thinness and fragility of the two men. These NGO ACTED humanitarians have been tortured by three men who have nicknamed "Ringo, John and George". They did not face the 4th group, "Jihadi John" killed by an American strike in 2015.
at the trial of one of the "Beatles" of the EI, a former hostage revits its 14 months of hell
© Syrian Democratic Forces / AFP / Archives B Attu, electrocuted, obliged to fight against others Hostages or attending an execution: An Italian humanitarian has recounted on Thursday, at the trial of one of its captors, the abuses endured in the hands of particularly sadistic British jihadists. Federico Motka, who was detained for 14 months by the Islamic State (EI) group, delivered a glazing testimony on the second day of El Shafee El-Sheikh trial, in front of American justice.
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in September, the trio visits this small group of detainees. "Federico and David was terrified, trembling," Nicolas Hénin remembered. Quickly, the other hostages develop the same fear. The "Beatles", which has become regular visitors, like to strike, force their prisoners to kneel before them and impose "Daawa sessions", namely an hour of theological and political rhetoric who "served mainly to justify" kidnappings .
In December, "they forced us to sing a parody of Hotel California, which has become Hotel Oussama with reference to Ben Laden." "It's been basically: Welcome to the Osama Hotel, which you will never leave, and if you are trying, you will be killed in Mr. Bigley's style."
The British engineer Ken Bigley was decapitated in Iraq in 2004 by the Islamist group Abu Moussab al-Zarqaoui, and his death was staged in a video of propaganda. "It was terrifying for us, but they saw that like a joke," said Nicolas Hénin.
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in January, all hostages are grouped in southern Raqa, in a place they baptize "Desert Prison". Nicolas Hénin recognizes the place: that's where he was detained just after his capture. This is also he had managed to escape on the 3rd day of his detention, by a window he had torn off the bars. "Unfortunately," after a walk, he had fallen on "two fighters from Daesh" and had been returned to his jailers. He had undergone a torture session in good standing, beaten and hanged in the air for hours under a burning sun.
Despite his failure, this episode gives him a good knowledge of the places. After his release in April 2014 with three other French journalists - Didier François, Pierre Torres and Edouard Elias - It is therefore able to precisely describe this prison for the agents who question him. In particular, he speaks to American soldiers who want to try a raid to release the American and British hostages, whose governments refuse to pay ransoms.
"Nicolas Hénin made a sketch that turned out to be particularly useful," said an FBI agent, Robert Daniel Story, involved in this delicate operation. On July 4th, the American National Day, soldiers land in helicopter at "Desert Prison". After exchanges of fire, they enter the building. "But the hostages were no longer there, they had been displaced," said Daniel Story. "It was a huge disappointment".
In the following months, many of them, including the three American James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff, will suffer the same fate as Ken Bigley. Their death is worth El Shafee El-Sheikh, arrested in 2018 by the Syrian Kurdish forces, to be judged in the United States. His trial must still last two weeks.
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