Captured jihadi 'Beatles' should suffer 'long, painful death', says victim's daughter

Robert Mendick
Bethany Haines - NO SYNDICATION. COPYRIGHT REMAINS WITH PPA

The two captured members of the jihadist execution squad dubbed the Beatles should be subjected to “a long, slow, painful death”, according to the grieving daughter of one of their victims.

But Bethany Haines, who was just 17 when her father David was murdered in September 2014, accepted it was unlikely the two men would be sentenced to death. Instead she pleaded for them never be freed from jail.

The capture of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh was welcomed by the families of their victims.

The men were part of the so-called Beatles, who brutalised hostages and who were executed by Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed ‘Jihadi John’.

Emwazi was killed in a drone strike while the fourth member Aine Davis is languishing in a Turkish jail.

It is reckoned the gang executed  about 25 people, including Mr Haines and Alan Henning, a Manchester taxi driver kidnapped on an aid convoy to Syria.

Alexanda Kotey

Three Americans were also murdered - journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker Peter Kassig - and two Japanese citizens Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. Members of the Syrian armed forces were also executed.

The beheadings of Western hostages shocked the world, the gruesome killings filmed and then broadcast online as propaganda for the so-called Islamic State.

Miss Haines, from Scotland, said: “My personal opinion is that they die a long, slow, painful death and a lot of people will understand that they should not be allowed to live.

“Realistically that is not going to happen and the best thing that could happen is they are locked up and they throw away the key.”

 El Shafee Elsheikh

Nicolas Henin, a French journalist who was held hostage by Islamic State for 10 months, called for the men to be tried in Britain.

Mr Henin told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I would like to see them brought back to Britain, just like I would like to see all other European jihadis brought back to their home countries, to be judged fairly in their home country.

“Because the worst thing we can do with a terrorist is to deprive him from his right because then you make the terrorist a victim.”

Mohammed Emwazi

Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, said the men’s detention would “hopefully protect others from this kind of crime”.

She added: “Their crimes are beyond imagination. They really have not done anything good in the world, so I think they need to spend the rest of their life being held.”