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  A la barre, l'ex-otage Nicolas Hénin revient sur l'humour sadique des © AFP

L Es Cruels " Beatles " of the Islamic State group (Ei) found funny Sing a macabre parody of the "Hotel California" tube at their "terrified" hostages, told Wednesday in an American court Nicolas Hénin.

The former war reporter, which became a consultant, is part of a group of 27 Journalists and Western humanitarian times abducted in Syria by the EI between 2012 and 2015, of which a dozen were executed.

He testified Wednesday in the 6th day of El Shafee El-Sheikh trial, a 33-year-old man accused of having been part of a group of jihadists nicknamed "The Beatles" by their hostages because of their British accent.

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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 Nazi camps at the end of the Second World War," said French, with reference to the extreme thinness and fragility of the two men.

These Humanitarians of the NGO ACTED entrust having been tortured by three men that they nicknamed "Ringo, John and George".

"Hotel Oussama"

in September, the trio visits this small group of detainees. "Federico and David was terrified, trembling," Nicolas Hénin remembered.

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quickly, the other hostages develop the same fear.

"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 that "served mainly to justify" the 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 roughly: Welcome to the Osama Hotel, which you will never leave, and if you try, 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.

Raid of July 4th

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.

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It was also that he had managed to escape on the 3rd day of his detention, by a window of which he had torn off the bars. "Unfortunately", after a walk, he had fallen on "two EI fighters" 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.

He speaks in particular to American military who want to try a raid to release the American and British hostages, whose governments refuse to pay ransions.

"Nicolas Hénin made a sketch that turned out to be particularly useful", then said to the bar an FBI agent, Robert Daniel Story, involved in this delicate operation.

On July 4th, the day of 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 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 at the United States . His trial must still last two weeks.

07/04/2022 00:19:31 - Alexandria (USA) ( AFP ) - © 2022 AFP

United States: one of the "Beatles" recognized guilty of kidnapping and assassination .
© Hussein Malla / AP El Shafee El-Sheikh, one of the four members of the British Jihadist group "Beatles" of the EI in Kobané, March 30, 2018. A member of the terrorist organization Islamic State convicted of participating in the abduction and assassination of 4 American citizens. El Shafee El-Sheikh was accused of being a member of a particularly cruel group nicknamed the "Beatles" by their victims.

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