WASHINGTON (CBSDC)– A man previously held hostage by Islamic State militants is going into detail on the bizarre and violent experiences he went through.
Daniel Rye, a 26-year-old photographer from Denmark, was held captive in Syria for over a year and claims one of his jailers was the notorious hooded figure from ISIS execution videos, as reported by CNN.
Rye described one of his encounters with the militant nicknamed “Jihadi John,” whose real identity is Mohammed Emwazi according to Western officials.
“He picked me up and I had to dance the tango, John and I,” Rye told Danish broadcaster DR. “My head was down and afraid of being beaten. He led me around the prison. Suddenly, he changed and just pushed me down. They kicked and hit me. They finished by threatening to cut my nose off with pliers and things like that.”
Those familiar with the militant group and the man behind the mask say that the tactics add to a “sense of sinister humor about torturing.”
“It’s just another addition to the sick and twisted annals of the way ISIS treats human beings,” Michael Weiss, co-author of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” told CNN.
Weiss notes that online supporters of the group, who often draw moral parallels between the mistreatment of jihadi suspects by American interrogators, have reacted positively to the report of the tango.
Emwazi has not been seen in a graphic video since January, and officials are questioning whether the man is still in Syria.
“His status has actually taken a beating in the last few months, since he’s been outed,” Weiss told CNN. “He has apparently fled. So he’s not quite the celebrity and the spokesman that he used to be.”
Rye was held hostage by militants from May 2013 until June 2014 and was released two months before the beheading of American James Foley.