American journalist James Foley’s terrorist captors by no means made severe makes an attempt to barter for a ransom earlier than brutally beheading the New Hampshire native in 2013, his household testified on Monday.
The revelation got here throughout testimony from Foley’s brother on the federal terror trial of El Shafee Elsheikh — an alleged member of the British-born ISIS executioners dubbed “The Beatles” who’s charged within the kidnapping scheme that resulted within the deaths of Foley and three different People Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
Foley, a contract photographer, had left for Syria in 2012 to doc the raging civil conflict within the nation. He was conversant in the risks of the journey, having been held captive protecting the First Libyan Civil Warfare the 12 months prior.
Foley’s mom, Diane Foley, mentioned she first turned involved when her son didn’t name on Thanksgiving. They lastly discovered he’d been taken hostage after they obtained an electronic mail from his captors in late November making an attempt to ascertain a line of communication.
Emails exchanged in Nov. 2012 and Jan. 2013 demanded the discharge of Muslim prisoners or 100 million euros in alternate for the journalist, based on Michael Foley, his brother.
“We had no capacity to safe both of these calls for,” Michael Foley mentioned Monday. “It’s not an inexpensive demand. It’s not a negotiation, in my thoughts.”
The captors proved that Foley was of their possession and alive by offering private particulars about his life that solely his household would know.
For eight grueling months, the Foleys obtained no response to a number of emails requesting to talk with the abductors.
Then in August 2013, they obtained an electronic mail titled: “A message to the American authorities and their sheep-like residents,” criticizing a current U.S. bombing marketing campaign in opposition to the Islamic State.
“As for the scum of your society who’re held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE (sic) eaten,” the message mentioned. It promised retaliation, ”the primary of which being the blood of your American citizen, James Foley. He will probably be executed as a DIRECT results of your transgressions in direction of us!”
Foley was beheaded in a sickening video shared broadly on the internet a couple of days later.
His mom and brother each mentioned that they first discovered of James’ demise when reporters referred to as in search of the household’s response.
Michael Foley mentioned he discovered the video simply on the web and watched his brother’s execution a number of occasions.
Diane Foley couldn’t consider it, hoping it was some form of horrible joke.
She discovered her son’s destiny when then-President Barack Obama confirmed the beheading in a tv handle.
Elsheikh and terrorist pal Alexenda Kotey — one other member of “The Beatles” — have been captured collectively and delivered to Virginia to face trial. Kotey pleaded responsible final 12 months and obtained a life sentence, avoiding the demise penalty.
A 3rd Beatle, Mohammed Emwazi, served as executioner within the video of Foley’s execution. He was killed in a drone strike.
Elsheikh’s protection attorneys declare there’s inadequate proof to show he was a member of the group that took half within the hostage-taking scheme. Prosecutors plan to current proof that Elsheikh confessed to his function in interviews with authorities and the media.
With Publish Wires