The father of one suspect British authorities believe may be responsible for the recent beheading of an American journalist is behind bars in the U.S. He is awaiting trial for his part in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
U.S. authorities claim Adel Abdel Bary, 54, was a lieutenant of Osama Bin Laden and instrumental in planning the 1998 bombings that killed 224 people. He is currently in custody in New York, reports the Daily Mail.
Bary is the father of 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a British rapper who many speculate is “Jihadi John,” the cloaked man who appeared in the recently released beheading video in which American journalist James Foley was killed.
But the identity of the man has not been confirmed.
British ambassador to Washington Peter Westmacott made the rounds on Sunday morning talk shows saying British authorities were getting close to identifying the man in the video.
“I see that the British media this morning are speculating that we are very close to identifying who this guy is,” Westmacott told CNN’s Candy Crowley.
“We're not in a position to say exactly who this is, but I think we are close,” he said later on another show, according to the The Telegraph.
The New York Daily News reports at least two other suspects are also being investigated: 21-year-old Razul Islam and 30-year-old Aine Davis.
Foley was kidnapped by ISIS fighters in Syria in November 2012 and held for ransom. His captors, at one point, demanded $132 million from his family for his release. The video of his beheading was posted to social media sites last week.
The younger Bary was a militant rapper while in the United Kingdom. He once posted his own videos to YouTube under the names Lyricist Jinn and L Jinny, before he left the country for Syria.
A video of one of his songs features lyrics of praise for his jihadist father and tells of his experience with his dad’s arrest.
“Give me the pride and the honor like my father, I swear the day they came and took my dad, I could have killed a cop or two,” he sings in the video.
His father faces 224 counts of premeditated murder. If convicted, he would likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
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