London, March 16: A chilling account of a freed Spanish ISIS hostage brings cold sweats to one's forehead, especially when he said that the cold-blooded IS executioner 'Jihadi John' ran a sword on his throat during an mock execution in Syria.
Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa was released in March last year after six months in captivity. Going through the details, he describes how John took pleasure in psychological torture. He further said that 26-year old Mohammad Emwazi was thrilled with theatrical executions.
"The Beatles - that was our nickname for the three British militants guarding us - loved this sort of theatre. They had me sat on the floor, barefoot, with a shaven head, a thick beard and dressed in the 'orange' uniform' that had made Guantanamo, the American prison, famous."
"Jihadi John wanted maximum drama. He had brought along an antique sword of the kind Muslim armies used in the Middle Ages. It was a blade of almost a metre in length with a silver handle."
"He caressed my neck with the blade but kept talking: 'Feel it? Cold, isn't it? Can you imagine the pain you'll feel when it cuts? Unimaginable pain'," the journalist said.
He further explained, "After finishing with the sword he holstered his pistol, a Glock. He placed it against my head and pulled the trigger three times. Click. Click. Click. It's called a mock execution. But not even this terrifying intimidation seemed to satisfy them".
Dressed in black overalls, Jihadi John has a balaclava covering all, but his eyes and his ridge of the nose. Doning a holster under his arm, he is responsible for the execution of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and American aid worker Peter Kassig before featuring killing Japanese hostages Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto.
The Spanish scribe and a photographer were kidnapped in Syria in 2013 and ere released when the Spanish government struck a negotiation with them.