An American aid worker claimed by Isis militants to have been killed in a Jordanian air strike was sentenced to death by the group last year, a Muslim activist has claimed.
Mauri Saalakhan said that Kayla Mueller’s parents had been told last July that she would be killed unless Pakistani neuroscientist, and terror suspect, Aafia Siddiqui was released from a US jail.
Isis claims Mueller died at the end of last week as Jordan stepped up its air raids in the wake of the burning death of its pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh.
Mr Saalakhan has been campaigning for Siddiqui’s release from a Texas jail. His claims were reported by Reuters, although the news agency said it could not verify the reports of Ms Mueller’s treatment.
The 26-year-old was abducted near Aleppo while helping refugees of the Syrian civil war in 2013.
Her name had been the subject of a news blackout until last Friday amid fears its release would have a negative effect on how Isis treated her.
On Friday, however, in response to Isis’s report of her death – the accuracy of which has been doubted – relatives did name her as they said they retained hope that she was still alive.
Mr Saalakhan said that Ms Mueller had first been handed a life sentence by Isis, but was then told she would be executed. He first mentioned this ‘sentencing’ in an open letter to Isis he wrote last year.
In pictures: Anti-Isis protests in Jordan
In pictures: Anti-Isis protests in Jordan
1/15 Amman, Jordan
Members of Jordan's Al Assaf tribe burn a ''Wanted Dead'' poster of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi at a rally
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Jordanian protesters carry an effigy of leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman
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Jordanian Queen Rania (C) holds a placard during a demonstration to express solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State
4/15 Amman, Jordan
A protester dressed in a Jordanian flag joins others as they hold up pictures of Jordanian King Abdullah and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, while chanting slogans during a march against Islamic State
5/15 Amman, Jordan
Jordanians hold banners shouting slogans during a demonstration to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State
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Jordanians carry banners and pictures of executed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh while shouting slogans against the group calling themselves the Islamic State, during a march after noon pray in downtown Amman
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Protesters hold up pictures of Jordan's King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh as they chant slogans during a rally in Amman to show their loyalty to the King and against the Islamic State
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Jordanians chant slogans to show their support for the government against terror during a rally
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Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh, a brother of slain Jordanians pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, reacts to people gathering to show their support for the government against terror during a rally
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A Jordanian protester kisses a poster bearing the image of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh during a rally to show their loyalty to King Abdullah and against the Islamic State
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A Jordanian shouts slogans during a rally against the Islamic state group and in reaction to the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the group's militants
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Jordanians carry pictures of pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh at a protest against Islamic State
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Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh express their anger at his murder at the tribal gathering chamber in Amman, Jordan
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The King of Jordan, Abdullah II (L), embracing Safi al-Kassasbeh (R), the father of the recently executed Jordanian pilot
15/15 Aye Village, Karak, Jordan
Jordan's Queen Rania offers her condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at their family home of Muath
REUTERS/Petra News Agency
Siddiqui is serving 86 years in prison after being convicted in 2010 of attempting to shoot and kill a group of FBI agents, soldiers and interpreters who were about to interrogate her in Afghanistan over her alleged links to al Qaeda.
With Isis not making further comment on their report of Ms Mueller’s death, a statement from her parents Marsha and Carl Mueller was issued as a personal appeal to her captors. It said: “You told us that you treated Kayla as your guest, as your guest her safety and well-being remains your responsibility.”
The Jordanian government’s spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said: “How could they identify a Jordanian warplane in the sky? What was the American lady doing in a weapons warehouse? As a first reaction, we think it’s illogical and we are highly sceptical about it.”Reuse content