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Jihadi John forced Isil hostage to dance the Tango

Richard Orange Malmo

Published 13/10/2015 | 02:30

By the time Jihadi John, identified earlier this year as Westminster University graduate Mohammed Emwazi, forced him into the degrading dance, Rye Ottosen had already learned to be terrified of his captors
By the time Jihadi John, identified earlier this year as Westminster University graduate Mohammed Emwazi, forced him into the degrading dance, Rye Ottosen had already learned to be terrified of his captors

A former Isil hostage has described how Jihadi John, the British terrorist who beheaded at least four hostages, forced him to dance the Tango in the Syrian prison where he was held.

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Daniel Rye Ottosen, a 26-year-old freelance photographer from Odense in Denmark, who on June 19 last year, became the last Isil hostage to be released alive, on Sunday gave his first public interview with Denmark's national broadcaster, DR.

By the time Jihadi John, identified earlier this year as Westminster University graduate Mohammed Emwazi, forced him into the degrading dance, Rye Ottosen had already learned to be terrified of his captors.

"Do you want to dance?'" he remembers Emwazi declaring menacingly.

"Then he took me up, and we were supposed to dance the Tango together, John and I."

He already knew from experience that the humiliation would 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 threatening to cut my nose off with side-cutting pliers and such things. When they left there, you're just like 'What?!?'"

Mr Rye Ottosen was released in June last year after his family paid a €2m 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 Mr Rye Ottoman'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 US governments forbade their families from similarly giving in to Isil's demands.

(© Daily Telegraph London)

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