The wife of British Islamic State hostage Alan Henning says she has received a chilling audio file of her husband pleading for his life.
Barbara Henning’s Statement in Full:
“The Henning family have issued the following message to the people holding Alan Henning.
I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning.
I have a further message for Islamic State.
An audio file of Alan pleading for his life has just been received by me.
I and people representing me continue to reach out to those holding Alan.
Islamic State continue to ignore our pleas to open dialogue.
I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate. The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid.
We are at a loss why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the facts surrounding Alan’s imprisonment and why they continue to threaten his life.
I have been told that he has been to a Sharia Court and found innocent of being a spy and declared to be no threat. I implore Islamic State to abide by the decisions of their own justice system.
Please release Alan.”
Henning, a 47-year-old Manchester taxi driver, was kidnapped last December while in Syria and shown at the end of a video after the beheading of a fellow British captive, humanitarian aid worker David Haines, with a warning that he would be the next killed by the group.
Earlier this week Mrs. Henning appealed to IS captors to “see it in their hearts” to release him.
As the US launches its latest offensive in Syria, Henning’s brother-in-law Colin Livesey has spoke out saying US airstrikes against the Islamic State have put him in even greater danger.
Livesey said: “It scares me. They’ll just run away, they’ll take him with them, and no one knows where he is again. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t, but I can’t see it happening. I can’t see anything changing while there’s airstrikes.”
When asked if he thought the airstrikes put his brother-in-law at more risk Livesey said: “Yes. I don’t like saying that because it’ll feel like I’m losing faith.”
UPDATE 10/03/2014 (GRAPHIC VIDEO) Islamic State Beheads British Aid Worker Alan Henning