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Brother of murdered aid worker David Haines says Beatle’s conviction brought ‘total lockdown’

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The brother of murdered aid worker David Haines has said seeing a member of the ISIS Beatles murder his sibling for life gave him “a sense of closure.”

Mike Haines, 55, joined the families of other victims in court in Alexandria, Virginia, last week when Londoner Alexanda Kotey was convicted of his role in the terror cell’s murder of four hostages.

Yesterday he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Mr Haines told hosts Kate Garraway and Richard Madeley how he was ‘expected to feel hatred and anger’.

He said, ‘I expected to feel anger, I expected to feel hatred. When I looked at him, it was a grim satisfaction that he was sitting in a court where his rights were respected to the highest degree. It was a sense of closure.’

Called The Beatles due to their English accents, the group is said to consist of leader Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, Aine Davis, El Shafee Elsheikh and Kotey.

They were responsible for the brutal murder of a number of Western prisoners, including the British Alan Henning and David Haines.

The brother of murdered aid worker David Haines (top right) has said seeing an ISIS Beatles member murder his sibling for life gave him “a sense of closure.”

Mike Haines, 55, joined the families of other victims in court in Alexandria, Virginia, last week when Londoner Alexanda Kotey (pictured) was convicted of his role in the terror cell's murder of four hostages

Mike Haines, 55, joined the families of other victims in court in Alexandria, Virginia, last week when Londoner Alexanda Kotey (pictured) was convicted of his role in the terror cell’s murder of four hostages

Mr Haines also revealed how the trauma of his brothers’ execution effectively killed his parents.

“My mother slowly gave up life and she slowly faded to her death,” he said.

“My father… in the 48 hours after I told my parents David was gone, his dementia got so much worse… again he slowly faded.”

The charges against Kotey and his co-defendant Elsheikh, who was convicted after a trial last month, included only American victims.

Both Kotey and Elsheikh appeared in court in Virginia on April 29 as the families of those killed by the terror cell addressed the judge about their collective loss.

Elsheikh is expected to be sentenced at a later date.

Mr Haines with his brother David (left) in the late 1990s.  David was captured by militants in Syria in March 2013 while providing aid to the war-torn country

Mr Haines with his brother David (left) in the late 1990s. David was captured by militants in Syria in March 2013 while providing aid to the war-torn country

Yesterday he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Mr Haines told hosts Kate Garraway and Richard Madeley how he was ‘expected to feel hatred and anger’

Mr Haines, an RAF veteran and former mental health nurse, previously said he is “looking forward” to staring at the so-called Islamic State terrorist.

“In some ways, of course, I’m pretty nervous, and in other ways I’m looking forward to staring them in the face, to draw a line behind what happened,” he said.

“And that’s the real reason[for]going out and reading my impact statement in court — to draw a line in the sand and say, ‘Yeah, you’ve played a big part in life. from my family, you have on my family’s life. But now that ends”.’

Elsheikh, Kotey and Emwazi all knew each other in England before joining IS.

Elsheikh was captured in Syria in 2018 along with Kotey by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces while trying to escape to Turkey.

Davis was jailed in Turkey and Emwazi was killed in a drone attack, while Kotey pleaded guilty last year to eight charges related to his involvement in the hostage plot.

Mr Haines, an RAF veteran and former mental health nurse, previously said he is 'looking forward' to staring at the so-called Islamic State terrorist

Mr Haines, an RAF veteran and former mental health nurse, previously said he is ‘looking forward’ to staring at the so-called Islamic State terrorist

Mr Haines, from Dundee, Scotland, said he would cherish the opportunity to sit down with Kotey and ‘look him in the eye and tell him he’s been misled’.

And in an extraordinary demonstration of his rejection of hate, Mr Haines added: “What I’d like to hear, although I don’t think it will ever happen, is for Kotey to say, ‘I’m sorry, what we’re doing. were was wrong.”

“And if that happened, (for him to say) ‘What we did was not about Islam … it was about the spread of terror,’ I would really shake his hand.”

Mr Haines’s 44-year-old younger brother was captured by militants in Syria in March 2013 while providing aid to the war-torn country.

His murder the following year sent shockwaves around the world as a video recording of his barbaric execution was used as propaganda by the Beatles.

The family still does not know what happened to the body.

But Mr Haines, who runs the charity Global Acts Of Unity in honor of his brother, said it’s “not important” for him to find out where David’s remains are.

“Wherever David’s remains lie, whatever has been done to them… David still walks with me,” he said.

“At the end of the presentation I feel him pat me on the back and say, ‘Nice.’

“My brother walks with me and yet I don’t need his remains to mourn.”

Mr Haines said he continues to be affected by terror attacks around the world, and that he was in Manchester on the night of the Arena suicide bombing, which killed 22 people in 2017.

He said: “Every time we hear of an attack, there is sadness in our hearts because we know that this club that we belong to has just expanded – that club that no one wants to be a part of and that has had relatives. and loved ones injured, maimed or killed in a terrorist act.

“However, what we have seen time and again is the way people react to terrorist attacks.

“What we’re trying to do with Global Acts of Unity is show that when we respond with hatred, the extremists and terrorists win. And they won’t win.’

Kotey is expected to face a life sentence but can still be taken to the UK to face trial for the deaths of Mr Haines and Mr Henning.

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