Kayla Mueller’s parents told DailyMail.com that it is “not easy” to learn that two ISIS Beatles detained in connection with their daughter’s arrest in Syria have finally admitted that they were involved with her cruel torture and death.
American aid worker Kayla was captured and held hostage in Syria, where she was sexually assaulted and tortured before dying in 2015 at the age of 26.
Her father Carl told DailyMail.com, “It’s not easy to get through this, it’s been five years since Kayla left, a year and a half before she was captured, it’s hard, very difficult.”
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, both of whom are under US custody in Iraq, had previously denied ever meeting Mueller, but came clean in interview tapes obtained by NBC News.
Kayla Mueller was held hostage in Syria, where she was sexually assaulted and tortured before her death in 2015
Her father Carl told DailyMail.com, “It’s not easy to get through this, it’s been five years since Kayla left, a year and a half before she was captured, it’s hard, very difficult.” Carl is depicted with her mother Marsha
Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh (right), both in US military custody in Iraq, had previously denied ever meeting Mueller, but emerged clean in new recorded interviews
Mueller, an international aid worker, was kidnapped in Syria in 2013. During her captivity, she was raped by former IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, US officials have said.
Baghdadi committed suicide with a suicide vest, while American commandos invaded him in a daring attack.
Kotey and Elsheikh are two of the four so-called ISIS ‘Beatles’, a sadistic hostage-taking executive team responsible for beheading numerous Western prisoners, including the Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig.
The other two ‘Beatles’ are Mohammed Emmwazi, aka ‘Jihadi John’, who was killed by a CIA drone strike in 2015, and Aine Lesley Davis, who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in Turkey in 2017. .
Although Kotey and Elsheikh are British nationals, the UK has rejected calls to stand trial there. Former British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson called them the “worst of the worst” and said they should “never set foot in this country again.”
The US is now considering how to bring Kotey and Elsheikh to justice in a US court, but efforts have been hampered by British allies, who refuse to hand over crucial evidence to the duo over the death penalty.
ISIS reportedly demanded 5 million euros from the Mueller family and told them they would send ‘a photo of Kayla’s corpse’ if their demands were not met
Mohammed Emmwazi, aka ‘Jihadi John’, (left and right) was killed by a CIA drone strike in 2015
Mueller said it is time for the British to hand over the men to appear in court in America.
“We have been pursuing this for a long time, the whole thing is stalling because of the British government, so our intention is to make this information publicly available,” he said.
“We hope the British government will stop postponing this decision so that our government can prosecute and prosecute these boys.”
His wife Marsha said the family hopes there may be some “comfort” in the ISIS admission.
“We hope so, we just don’t want to forget our kids. It was a busy week or so. ‘
On Thursday, the relatives of the victims of Kotey and Elsheikh, including Mueller’s parents Marsha and Carl, published an opinion in the Washington Post calling for the duo to be brought to justice in America.
“We beg President Trump, Attorney General William P. Barr and the Justice Department to have the prisoners brought to the United States for trial,” the families wrote.
“There is no country on Earth that can judge terrorists better than the United States,” she added.
Although Kotey (left) and Elsheikh (right) are British nationals, the UK rejected calls to stand trial and refused to share the crucial evidence with America
In interview tapes obtained by NBC News, Elsheikh said, “She was in a big room, it was dark, and she was alone, and … she was very scared.”
The members of the cruel execution squad were called the “Beatles” because of their British accents.
“I got an email from her myself,” Elsheikh admitted, which means he has an email address that ISIS can use to demand ransoms from the family. Kotey said, “She was alone in a room where no one would go in.”
ISIS reportedly demanded 5 million euros from the Mueller family and told them they would send ‘a photo of Kayla’s corpse’ if their demands were not met.
The families say the U.S. federal court is the best place to reveal the crimes committed by the duo to the world.
“They made so many people horrific,” Marsha Mueller told NBC News. “They have to be brought here. They must be prosecuted. ‘
“The other thing that really matters to me is that I need information about Kayla. We know so little about what happened to her, “she said.
She added, “I believe these two have more information than they share with us. And I think we would know more if they were brought here. ‘
ISIS said Mueller was killed near Raqa in February 2015 during an airstrike by the US-led international coalition against the jihadists, although the exact circumstances of her death remain unclear.
Her body was never found, giving her parents a glimmer of hope that she might still be alive.