Isis hostage John Cantlie believes 'at least two-thirds' of what he says in propaganda videos, says sister

Photojournalist's family says they understand why he would feel abandoned

Aine Fox
Monday 20 October 2014 06:30
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John Cantlie, in the video the photojournalist speaks directly to the camera with no one else present – in contrast to previous videos released by the group
John Cantlie, in the video the photojournalist speaks directly to the camera with no one else present – in contrast to previous videos released by the group

The sister of John Cantlie has said the British hostage probably believes “two-thirds” of what he is saying in propaganda videos released by Isis.

Mr Cantlie was kidnapped by jihadists nearly two years ago and has been shown in a series of videos in recent weeks in which he speaks about Isis, and criticises both the US and UK governments over their strategies to deal with the terrorists.

The photojournalist, who wears an orange jumpsuit and appears to be reading from prepared scripts each time, has said it is true he is a prisoner but claimed he had been abandoned by the Government.

His sister Jessica, who issued a video plea to his captors last week to renew contact with her family, has now told the Sunday Times she believes some of her brother's words reflect his views.

“He believes at least two-thirds of what he is saying. He's a very principled man,” she told the paper.

She added that she understands his feelings of abandonment.

Referring to his captors she said: “I'm never going to be an apologist for who they are now. But these people, all of them, have suffered a huge injustice.”

Ms Cantlie, whose father Paul spoke earlier this month from his hospital bed to appeal for his son's release, said her family last received evidence the freelance journalist was alive at Christmas.

The next they heard of him was in the first IS video released last month.

She reiterated her appeal to the kidnappers to make contact with them.

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