IT IS STATED under the European Convention of Human Rights article 6.2 that ‘Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law’.
Mohammed Emwazi was a graduate from the University of Westminster with a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems with Business Management.
Upon graduation he moved back to his birthplace, Kuwait, where he lived until he was six before moving to London.
Working as a salesman at an IT company in Kuwait City he was ‘the best employee the company ever had’.
However, even with this praise he ended up on MI5’s radar.
In 2009 he was intercepted by MI5 upon arrival on a safari holiday in Tanzania and was detained overnight by police.
Emwazi alleges he was threatened with beatings before being sent to the Netherlands where he was questioned by a security services official, named ‘Nick’ about wanting to fight with militant group Al Shabab in Somalia.
In a series of emails obtained by The Guardian he says agents tried to ‘turn’ him to work for them, but did so unsuccessfully.
A year later he made a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over the amount of harassment and intimidation he was receiving from the security services.
After continuous contact from security service personnel Emwazi finally disappeared after telling friends he felt trapped in London after visa rejections forced him to stay in the capital.
He then showed up in the summer of 2014 appearing in a video with journalist James Foley who had been taken hostage by ISIL.
Clad in black and a full head mask Emwazi stood over Foley as he read out a prepared statement criticizing US airstikes in Iraq before Emwazi then read his statement.
He then beheaded Foley off camera after which he threatened that their other hostage, Steven Sotloff, would meet the same death as Foley if strikes didn’t stop.
The strikes didn’t stop and Emwazi murdered six more individuals in the same fashion as the world watched on at the end of January 2015, five months after the first video release.
Even with all of these murderous videos being played out to millions of citizens, we must remove our emotional connection and remember that he is a British citizen.
He still has rights and more importantly still has the right to a fair trial and remains innocent until he has his day in court.
However this was not a sentiment felt by many following his cold-blooded killings.
But we cannot remove ourselves from a criminal system that serves us so well; we cannot have rules for some citizens and not for others regardless of where they live in the world.
Mohammed Emwazi murdered people in the name of a radicalised branch of the religion he followed, a man with a distorted view of the world and the country that raised him.
On the 12th November 2015 two American drones and a British drone collaborated in an operation that targeted and killed Emwazi in the IS stronghold of Al-Raqqah, Syria.
Of course it is much easier to track someone and blow them up from two miles in the sky but it seems that the government never had any intention to extract him or give him the trial our laws dictate he needs.
A trial you can guarantee the politicians who ordered the strike would demand if they ever broke the law.