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An Italian aid worker who was held captive by a group of ISIS executioners has revealed his ruthless kidnappers made him and his other hostages fight like animals for their amusement.
Federico Motka, was captured in 2013 near the border of Turkey and Syria and held in captivity for 14 months by a group of British-born ISIS’ executioners dubbed "The Beatles."
Motka is the first surviving hostage from the ordeal to testify in the terrorism trial of British national El Shafee Elsheikh, who was allegedly behind the kidnapping scheme, which targeted over 20 Western hostages between 2012 and 2015 reports the New York Post.
Speaking at the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday, Motka revealed that he and other hostages were thrown into a torture facility nicknamed "the box," where their captors subjected them to a "brutal “regime of punishment."
He said that the hostages were treated like animals and forced to fight each other until they passed out. He recalled: "They gave us dog names. We needed to come and immediately respond," adding that they would get beaten otherwise.
Motka revealed all the details of the horrifying torture, where he along with four American hostages – journalists James Foley and Steven Soloff as well as aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller – were forced into a room at "the box" and were made to duke it out in a "Royal Rumble"-style fight.
He revealed how his cruel captors – whom the prisoners nicknamed John, George and Ringo because of their British accents – seemed "super excited" about making their hostages fight each other.
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Losers in the fight would be waterboard, though Motka said he received a beating instead of being waterboarded after he lost adding: "We were so weak and shattered we could barely lift our arms."
Since the kidnappers made sure to keep their faces concealed, Motka revealed he usually tried to differentiate them based on these methods of inflicting punishment each of them preferred.
Motka explained: "George was more into boxing. John, he kicked a lot. Ringo used to talk how he liked wrestling. He would put people in headlocks."
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He also testified that was another man dubbed "The Punisher" doled out torture quite regularly as well.
Motka was released from captivity in May 2014, but the other four American hostages were all killed, with Foley, Sotloff and Kassig decapitated and Mueller forced into slavery and raped Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before being killed.
Prosecutors have said that the captor nicknamed Ringo was Elsheikh. The other two British nationals referenced in their opening statements were Alexanda Amon Kotey, and Mohammed Emwazi.
Kotey is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole after pleading guilty in Virginia in September. Meanwhile, Emwazi – also known as "Jihadi John" – was killed in a drone strike.
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