Mother of US journalist killed by ISIS reacts to reports of capture of militants

American journalist James Foley was executed by ISIS militants in 2014. (File photo: AFP)

Britain’s defense secretary said two captured ISIS extremists who grew up in England should never be allowed to return.

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments on Saturday in the Sun newspaper come amid reports that Britain has already stripped El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey of their citizenship, opening the door for them to be sent to Guantanamo Bay or another prison outside of the UK.

Talking to Britain’s Sky News, the mother of American journalist James Foley, who was executed by ISIS militants, said that if the two men were to be sent to Guantanamo Bay “it would continue the hatred,” drawing parallels between the orange jumpsuits worn by inmates and those worn by Foley during his execution.

“You know, they were executed in orange jumpsuits like (the ones) used in Guantanamo. So, I would be very against that. I think that would be a travesty. I think that would perpetuate this cycle of hatred that I think we need to be above that. And I think we need to show them what justice really looks like.”

Diane Foley added that if a trial was to be held, she would attend it, “absolutely.”

“I would prefer a federal criminal court. Be that in the UK, or the US or The Hague. Just, some country that would be capable to do a public, fair trial.”

Elsheikh and Kotey are alleged to have been part of the four-man ISIS cell dubbed “The Beatles” because of their British accents.

The most notorious member of the group was Mohammed Emwazi, the masked insurgent known as Jihadi John who appeared in several videos that showed the beheading of Western hostages.

The cell captured, tortured and killed more than two dozen hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

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