The family members of US journalist James Foley and humanitarian employee Kayla Mueller, who have been each killed in Syria, stated they suppose Elsheikh “nonetheless believes he was doing the proper factor”.
The 34-year-old Londoner, a member of the British Islamic terror cell dubbed The Beatles, was jailed for all times at a US federal court docket in Virginia on Friday after being convicted of crimes referring to the hostage homicide plot in April.
He attended the sentencing in individual, carrying a darkish inexperienced jail jumpsuit, white trainers and black face-covering, and wore glasses.
At instances, he appeared to show his head within the path of these studying out their sufferer impression statements.
Elsheikh was given the chance to talk by choose Thomas Selby Ellis earlier than receiving his sentence, however he declined to take action.
Talking outdoors court docket, the households of Mr Foley and Ms Mueller stated they have been “not shocked” by his silence.
Diane Foley, mom of Mr Foley, stated: “I had hoped he would converse however I feel he simply doesn’t wish to. He doesn’t wish to say he has any remorse.”
Requested if phrases from Elsheikh would have made a distinction to how she felt, she added: “Nicely, sure, however he didn’t wish to in order that speaks volumes.”
Carl Mueller, father of Kayla Mueller, stated: “I didn’t count on him to talk. He’s been clearly chilly, with out regret, all through the entire trial.
“I nonetheless suppose he believes he was doing the proper factor.”
Mr Mueller’s spouse, Marsha, added: “I hoped he would converse however I wasn’t shocked that he didn’t.”
Elsheikh obtained eight concurrent life sentences however is predicted to enchantment and change his authorized group.