Daughter of one of ISIS Jihadi John’s victims said her family will not rest until there is a bullet between the killer’s eyes

February 27, 2015 10:25 am

The daughter of one of ’s victims said her family will not
rest until there is a bullet between the killer’s eyes as his identity
was revealed for the first time today.
The Islamic State
executioner was today named as , a university graduate
from London who was able to flee to despite being on an MI5 terror
watch list.
Emwazi, of Queen’s Park, west London, was allegedly
spoken to three times in one year by police and security services in
Tanzania, the Netherlands and Britain.

'Jihadi John' has has featured in six Isis videos. Photo / AFP
‘Jihadi John’ has has featured in six videos. Photo / AFP  

The 26-year-old, who studied computer programming at the
University of Westminster, is said to have travelled to the
three years ago and later joined Isis.
Tonight, the daughter of
, one of the killer’s beheading victims, has said she would
only “feel closure and relief once there’s a bullet between his eyes”.
Bethany
Haines lost her father when he was brutally executed by Emwazi. The
44-year-old Scottish aid worker was seized in Syria in 2013, and then
murdered last September.
She welcomed the fact Emwazi’s name had
now been made public and said: “It’s a good step but I think all the
families will feel closure and relief once there’s a bullet between his
eyes.”
The 17-year-old told ITV she did not blame the
security services for not preventing her father’s murder and added: “If
they’d known his name earlier they could’ve stopped him going – but
they can’t and once he’s captured I think there will be a lot of happy
faces.”
Emwazi has also featured in the execution videos of
British aid worker Alan Henning, US journalists James Foley and Steven
Sotloff, Japanese reporter Kenji Goto and Syrian soldiers.
His identity was confirmed this afternoon by two US government sources. Whitehall sources meanwhile told MailOnline
that Emwazi had been known to security services for at least weeks,
probably months, but had not made public his identity because the
priority was trying to find him.
Arabic speaker Emwazi has one brother and two sisters, and first moved to Britain aged six.
The son of a minicab driver, he was reported to have occasionally prayed at a mosque in Greenwich, south-east London.

David Haines was beheaded in an Isis video. Photo / Supplied
David Haines was beheaded in an Isis video. Photo / Supplied
A source who claims to have met with Emwazi in Syria told Channel 4 news that they believed Emwazi initially joined the Migrants Brigade or Mujahideen in 2012.
Emwazi
was believed to have been based in Syria’s Idlib Province and then
outside Aleppo, before going on to join Al-Nusra and finally ISIS.
The
source described him as personable, sometimes light-hearted but also
determined that jihadi fighters were seen in the media as people to be
afraid of.
They also described Emwazi as a keen video games player, and a martial arts practitioner.
Ominously,
they also described an occasion when Emwazi – as one of the best Arabic
speakers in the brigade of foreign fighters – led the interrogation of a
man who was questioned before being badly beaten.
After
graduating from university in May 2009, Emwazi flew to Tanzania with
friends apparently on a safari – but was arrested by police upon landing
in Dar es Salaam and sent back to Britain.
En route he stopped
in Amsterdam, where he claimed to have been accused by an MI5 officer of
trying to reach Somalia, home of the militant group Al Shabaab.
Emwazi
claimed to have been harassed and intimidated by security services –
and even complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
He
alleged an agent from MI5 knew “everything about me; where I lived,
what I did, and the people I hanged around with” and claimed the
organisation attempted to “turn” him to work for them.
Tonight, a
neighbour of the family on the estate where they lived said he recalled
an incident where Emwazi watched on as his younger brother was attacked
by a gang.
Unemployed James Beker, 46, said: “I remember once
the younger brother was being beaten up badly outside the flat by a gang
of boys and the older brother just watched.
“I came down stairs
and said to the older one, ‘Why did you let your brother get beaten?’
and he said ‘I’m not bothered’. The whole thing was strange, why would
you let your brother get beaten?
“The younger brother, who got beaten, was about 16 or 17. The older one was between 22 and 27.
“The
incident happened around two years ago I think. It’s the only incident I
remember, I don’t ever really remember seeing the family other than
that.”
As it was claimed Emwazi had spoken to police and security
services three times in a year, it emerged that senior members of the
security services could be called to give evidence to the Intelligence
and Security Committee about contact between him and MI5.
Sir
Menzies Campbell, the former Lib Dem leader who sits on the ISC, said
there were “echoes” of the case involving Michael Adebolajo, who was on
the radar of security services before he went on to brutally murder
Fusilier Lee Rigby with Michael Adebowale.
He told BBC Radio 4:
“One of the difficulties here is you can’t keep an eye on everyone all
the time and, as the committee found in the case of Lee Rigby, there’s
no doubt that from time to time the security services have got to
prioritise those upon whom they’re conducting surveillance.”
The
family of another victim, American journalist Steven Sotloff, said they
were “relieved” that Emwazi had been named and now wanted to see him
captured and brought to justice.
Video released by the militants
last September apparently showed the murder of Mr Sotloff, a 31-year-old
freelance reporter for American magazines.
A spokesman for Mr Sotloff’s family told the BBC: “We want to sit in a courtroom, watch him sentenced and see him sent to a super-max prison.”
Mr
Sotloff was last seen in Syria in August 2013, when it is believed he
was abducted close to the border with Turkey near the city of Aleppo.
Meanwhile,
Cabinet minister and former foreign secretary William Hague insisted a
lack of funding was not to blame for the failure of spies to catch
Emwazi.
And it was claimed Emwazi’s former university was a “hotbed of radicalism” where students “celebrated 9/11”.
A picture began to emerge today of Emwazi’s background, including the details that:
• He was the son of a mini-cab driver and moved to Britain aged six, having been born in Kuwait
• He has three brothers and sisters and they all lived in a council flat in west London

He is thought to have attended Quintin Kynaston Academy in St John’s
Wood, north London, which was also attended by the singer Tulisa
• MI5 apparently persistently tried to recruit him after he graduated from university
• He claims counter- police arrested him in 2010 and put him on a terror watch list
• This was to stop him leaving Britain but he still managed to flee the country for Syria in 2012
Emwazi
complained of harassment at the hands of MI5 agents for more than a
year, similar to Michael Adebolajo, one of the two killers of Fusilier
Lee Rigby in south-east London in 2013.
The Washington Post
reported Emwazi – who has also been known as Muhammad ibn Muazzam –
then moved to his native Kuwait and worked in IT, but he was detained by
counter-terrorism police in June 2010 upon a return trip to London.
They
allegedly fingerprinted him and searched his belongings, and he was not
allowed to fly back to Kuwait. Emwazi was put on a terror watch list
and banned from leaving the UK.
The FBI said last September that
authorities had been trying to identify Jihadi John using various
investigative techniques including voice analysis and interviews with
former hostages.
Scotland Yard would not confirm the name, and
Downing Street declined to comment on the report. Police attended
Emwazi’s home in Queen’s Park earlier today.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, described the family as “strange people – not like other people around here”.
Another told the London Evening Standard: “They do not mix with us or socialise, or talk to us. Ever since they moved in a while ago they do not say anything to us.”
And another local told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s a big shock, for me at least I’m a neighbour in this estate, it’s a big shock for us”
A
spokesman for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation
at King’s College London said: “We believe that the identity and name
published by the Washington Post and now in the public realm to be accurate and correct.
“Jihadi
John is not special, in the sense that all the foreign fighters have
tried to hide their identity by using pseudonyms or literally by masking
themselves.
“The fact that Jihadi John has been unveiled in this
manner demonstrates that whatever efforts are made, the ability to mask
one’s identity is limited or in fact impossible, and their true
identities will eventually be revealed.”
And a University of
Westminster spokesman said: “A Mohammed Emwazi left the university six
years ago. If these allegations are true, we are shocked and sickened by
the news. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
“We
have students from 150 countries and their safety is of paramount
concern. With other universities in London, we are working to implement
the Government’s Prevent strategy to tackle extremism.”
In
September, it was revealed Jihadi John was known to MI5 before he
travelled to Syria to join Isis. It emerged security officials had
identified him but his name and background were being kept secret to
avoid jeopardising any hostage rescue missions.
Police and
security agents said they also wanted to gather more information before
raiding the homes of the fanatic’s family and friends.
Abdel-Majed
Abdel Bary – a London rapper initially identified as a suspect – was
ruled out after analysis of his voice as well as his height and
mannerisms.
The 23-year-old came to prominence last year after he posted a photograph of himself on Twitter holding up a severed head.
Other
Britons from Portsmouth, Birmingham and Cardiff have been linked to
John, who is said to have overseen the torture of hostages and to have
led negotiations for French and Italian captives freed in return for
ransoms.
It is claimed he was making street collections for
genuine Arab charities based in London at the time he came to MI5’s
attention.
David Cameron has repeatedly called for the infamous terrorist to be punished for his crimes.
In an interview with MailOnline
last month, the Prime Minister revealed how he personally watched
videos of the brutal beheadings of British hostages carried out by
Jihadi John.
“These videos are absolutely horrific and depraved,”
the Prime Minister said. “And obviously I take the time to see what
they are doing so I understand what families have been going through.”
Speaking
in November, Mr Cameron said: “You should be in no doubt that I want
Jihadi John to face justice for the appalling acts that have been
carried out in Syria.”

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