Jihadi John hostage tells how British militant ‘wanted maximum drama’ for his executions

A freed Islamic State hostage has described the moment he was subjected to a mock execution by the British militant dubbed Jihadi John.

Javier Espinosa, a Spanish journalist, had been held by the radical IS since December 2013 and taken to the extremists’ stronghold near Aleppo, northern Syria, where he came into contact with British-born jihadists nicknamed the Beatles.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he described how Jihadi John, who was recently unmasked as 26-year-old Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, had been a lead figure in the group, also known as Isis, which took daily pleasure in telling them how they were going to behead them.