El Shafee Elsheikh: ‘You find restraint in yourself’ – families of victims sit yards from ‘IS Beatle’ as guilty verdict is handed down | American News


Families of the victims endured harrowing accounts of life and death in captivity at the hands of IS’s so-called Beatles.

When the guilty verdict in the trial of ‘IS Beatle’ El Shafee Elsheikh was readDiane Foley, whose son James was 40 when he was murdered, closed her eyes and tilted her head back.

Other family members broke down in tears.

Read more: Who is IS ‘Beatle’ and what did we find out during his trial?

El Shafee Elsheikh, allegedly among four British jihadists who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed "The Beatles," speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at a security center in Kobani, Syria, Friday, March 30, 2018. The terror cell
El Shafee Elsheikh has been found guilty in a US court

They went through what no one should ever have to go through, watching the brutal final moments of their loved ones unfold in court.

Journalist Steven Sotloff had acquired a budding reputation as a foreign reporter and had already published important articles when he was kidnapped at the age of 30.

His murder the following year was recorded and published by the IS Beatles as propaganda.

His father, Art, created the 2 Lives Foundation in Steven’s memory.

Read more: Brother of IS ‘Beatles’ victim welcomes guilty verdict

For more than two weeks of testimony, he sat a few feet away from Elsheikh in court.

“You start to find, within yourself, restraint,” Art told Sky News.

“I think we all would have liked to jump over that little barrier and do something to him. But the reason he’s here is because we wanted to make sure he got a fair and honest trial.”

Art Sotloff
Art Sotloff created the 2Lives foundation in memory of his son

During the closing statement, the US Attorney described Steven Sotloff as a “brilliant writer” who cared deeply about others.

“That’s right,” Art said, “He was very curious and very determined.

“When he decided on something, he usually accomplished it. When you sat down with him, you really wanted to open up because he was that kind of person.”

When asked if he felt a sense of justice following Elsheikh’s sentencing, Art said: “I felt that all of our children were in the room with us looking down because justice is for us. them, no one else.”

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