video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the
actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged.
analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested
that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman
rather than the killer.
clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has
been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant
a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an
international forensic science company which has worked for police
forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick
post-production techniques appear to have been used.
forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even
though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times.
enhancements, the knife can be seen to be drawn across the upper neck
at least six times, with no blood evidence to the point the picture
fades to black,” the analysis said.
allegedly made by Foley do not appear consistent with what may be
Foley’s speech, there appears to be a blip which could indicate the
journalist had to repeat a line.
expert commissioned to examine the footage was reported as saying: “I
think it has been staged. My feeling is that the execution may have
happened after the camera was stopped.”
the company, which requested anonymity, did not reach a definitive
concluded: “No one is disputing that at some point an execution