Jihadi John forced me to dance Tango with him: Former IS hostage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 21:48 IST
Jihadi John forced his hostages to tango with him. (File Photo)

A former Islamic State (IS) hostage has said Jihadi John, a British terrorist who beheaded at least four foreign hostages in Syria, forced him to dance the Tango in a prison.

Daniel Rye Ottosen, a 26-year-old Danish photographer, who was released on June 19 last year, on Sunday gave his first public interview with Denmark’s national broadcaster. Ottosen was the last IS hostage to be released alive.

Jihadi John, identified as British citizen Mohammed Emwazi is a graduate of the Westminster University.

“Do you want to dance?” Ottosen recalled his captor declaring menacingly. “Then he took me up, and we were supposed to dance the Tango together, John and I.”

Ottosen said that the humiliation would always end in a painful beating.

“At that point, I just looked down at the ground the whole time because I did not want to look at them – if you looked them in the eye you would just get beaten even more.”

“So I had my head down and my arms up and he led me around the prison and then suddenly it just changed and he threw me down and kicked and hit me.”

“Then they ended by threaten to cut my nose off with side-cutting pliers and such things. When they left there, you’re just like ‘What?!?’”

Ottosen was released in June last year after his family paid a €2 million (£1.5 million) ransom, much of it raised by a Facebook fundraising campaign mounted by his sister, Anita Rye Ottosen.

The payment has been controversial, as Emwazi in the following months went on to behead Ottosen’s fellow captives, the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, after the British and American governments forbade their families from similarly giving in to the terror group’s demands.

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