The mother of a US journalist killed by IS has demanded that captured British jihadis linked to his death are not sent to Guantanamo Bay.
Diane Foley, whose son James Foley was tortured and beheaded in 2014, said she hopes to see Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh put on a fair and transparent criminal trial and sent to prison for life.
She said sending them to the US detention camp in Cuba would be a huge mistake.
“I would be very against that, very against it,” she told Sky News.
“It would perpetuate the hatred. They (the victims) were executed in orange jumpsuits, like they have to wear in Guantanamo. We need to be above that. We need to show them what real justice looks like.”
The suspected IS fighters, part of a group known as the ‘Beatles‘, have been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria and have revealed “valuable information” on the IS leadership and structure, US officials have said.
Kotey and Elsheikh were the last members of a group of four Britons who are believed to have tortured and beheaded dozens of people.
Mr Foley, US journalist Steven Sotloff and British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines were among their more than 27 suspected victims.
Of the group’s other two members, “Jihadi John” Mohammed Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in 2015 and Aine Davis is in jail in Turkey after being convicted of terrorism charges last year.
Kotey and Elsheikh have been handed over to US special forces, according to the New York Times, and photographs of the pair have been released to media.
Mrs Foley said she was very relieved that the two men had been captured because she was beginning to think that no one would held accountable.
She said that, as a Christian, she would try to forgive the men, but stressed they had to face justice.
She said she would attend the trial wherever it was held and she would look the men in the eye.
“Absolutely I would, absolutely. I just want to know why they could do something as barbaric as this to my son,” she said.
Asked if she thought Guantanamo should be shut down she said: “Yes, that is my opinion.”
Nicolas Henin, a French journalist also held captive by Islamic State, also told Sky News that he hoped Kotey and Elsheikh would stand trial.
“This is the beginning of a process that will bring them eventually, hopefully, to a trial. Justice is just what I want,” he said.
“Guantanamo is a denial of justice. Guantanamo was opened 16 years ago. There hasn’t been a single trial there.
“What I want is a trial and a trial potentially that I can attend, so rather, a trial in London rather than one in Kobani in northern Syria.”
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Sky News: “I think the proposal that they should be tried in court is the key one. If the best way is to take them to The Hague then let us do that as speedily as possible.
“All the allegations against them, and the evidence points it to be true, shows that they were brutal and they should be brought before the court to be tried.”
Mr McDonnell said he would only be concerned about their citizenship being stripped if it prevented a quick trial.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood has also called for their trial to be held at an international war crimes court.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “Given the scale of foreign fighters we should consider an agreed international process involving The Hague, which ensures terrorists from any origin are transparently and fairly held account for their actions.”