‘I will always hate them’: Daughter of ISIS execution victim will NEVER forgive her father’s killers
EXCLUSIVE ‘I’ll Always Hate Them’: Daughter of ISIS Execution Victim David Haines Says She Will NEVER Forgive Her Father’s Killers If Member of Britain’s ‘Beatles’ Terror Cell Pleads Guilty
- Bethany Haines, daughter of a beheaded aid worker beat her father’s killers
- David, 43, was brutally executed while on a relief mission in Syria in 2013
- It comes as one of the ISIS fanatics responsible, British-born Alexanda Kotey, pleaded guilty to eight terror charges in a US hearing.
- In an interview last year, Mr Haines’ brother Mike revealed ‘hate is a choice’
The daughter of a aid worker killed by a British Islamic State cell in Syria has said she will never forgive her father’s killers – after her uncle revealed he no longer “hats” them.
Bethany Haines spoke as one of the fanatics — Alexanda Kotey — pleaded guilty to eight charges, including conspiracy to murder four American hostages — journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
She said she welcomed the plea, but called on Kotey and another member of the cell, El Shafee Elsheikh, to provide information about the whereabouts of her father’s body.
David Haines, 43, was captured on a relief mission in Syria in 2013 and beheaded the following year. His death was filmed in a gruesome execution video.
In an interview last October, Mr. Haines’ brother, Mike, said, “Hate is the choice. We all have the power not to hate.’
He told The Independent that he had started counter-extremism, adding: ‘I knew I had to do something – my brother’s murder was about hate, it was about division.
Bethany Haines (pictured with father David) spoke as one of the fanatics – Alexanda Kotey – pleaded guilty to eight charges
British Islamic State (IS) group fighters Alexanda Kotey known as ‘Jihadi Ringo’ (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh known as ‘Jihadi George’ (right), pose for mugshots in an unknown location (2018)
“They took my brother’s life, but if I could take someone from a path of hatred and help them choose another path, we won.”
However, Bethany told MailOnline today: “My uncle and I have very different views and opinions.
“These two men have taken my father from me and my son’s grandfather from him. I will always hate them.’
Kotey, 37, who grew up in West London but left for Syria in 2012, appeared in a US court for a plea hearing and was watched by the families of some of his victims via a video link.
He and Elsheikh were flown to the US last year on a series of charges.
Kotey’s admission of guilt could keep him from spending a lifetime behind bars in one of America’s highest prisons.
If he sticks to the deal, he will have the chance to return to the UK in 15 years.
British aid worker David Haines, 43, was captured during a humanitarian mission in Syria in 2013 and beheaded the following year on gruesome execution footage
Bethany (pictured left) said she was ‘happy with the outcome of the plea hearing’ but demanded answers about where her father’s remains are before closure
Bethany said, “My family is very pleased with the outcome of the plea hearing.
“We are happy that Alexanda Kotey has finally admitted his guilt and that justice will be done.
“It’s been a rough few years and tough times will come, but my family and I would like to bring my father home to rest.
“We ask Kotey and Elsheikh to please give us the closure we so desperately need and tell us what happened and where my father’s remains are.”
Nicknamed ‘the Beatles’ by their inmates, the IS gang consisted of leader Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, Aine Davis, Elsheikh and Kotey.
Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in Syria in 2015, while Davis was caught by Turkish authorities and later sentenced to more than seven years in prison.