An ISIS executioner known as 'White Beard' bribed his way to freedom minutes after being captured by Iraqi forces in Mosul on Friday, a local official has claimed.
Abu Omer, notorious for throwing people off rooftops and stoning victims to death, was caught after being tracked down when locals tipped off police about his hideout.
But he was freed almost immediately after paying around $7,439 to the Iraqi officers who detained him in a Mosul police station, according to local official Zuheir Hazzen el-Jaburi.
"I was in Mosul when a force from police intelligence arrested a man. After questioning they were told he was the mufti for the right bank of the [river in the] city – an ISIS member," el-Jaburi said.
"We asked people who he was, and they proved he really was ISIS's mufti. After he was arrested, he left a motorbike behind. An hour later we saw the motorbike was no longer there.
"We inquired about it. They said he was released 10 minutes earlier after he paid $7,500," el-Jaburi added.
Famed for his long white beard, Omer was not only an ISIS chief but also one of the terrorists' executioners, reportedly joining the stoning of gay men to death in propaganda videos.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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