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Mother of slain journalist, Marquette alum reacts to capture of alleged ISIS executioners

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 18:49:15-05

MILWAUKEE -- Two British members of an ISIS group that tortured and killed Marquette University alum and journalist James Foley,  have been captured.

They were captured in Syria, and are still being held there. On Saturday, Foley's mother shared what she wants to see happen next.

"I hope that there will be a public trial so that they can be held accountable for their crimes," Diane Foley says. "I would hope they are detained for the rest of their life." 

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were the two remaining members still at large of an ISIS group known as "The Beatles" because of their British accents. They tortured and beheaded more than 24 hostages, including Foley.

French journalist, Nicolas Henin, was in captivity with Foley. The two became close in their darkest time. But after ten months, Henin was freed. He still has nightmares about the torment they went through.

"I don't like to give details about the treatment we received," Henin says. "There were more than two dozen western hostages. I was one. Some of us ave been extremely tortured."

Henin says he saw the mug shots of Kotey and Elsheikh, and immediately recognized them as his captors. To honor Foley and others who were killed, Henin hopes "Kotey and Elsheikh are put on trial in England, and shown what real justice is."