Bilal Hussein: Is There Blood On His Hands?
Update: Apparently Bilal Hussein didn’t only photograph Salvatore Santore, he also videotaped his execution. It’s been edited out of the video below – supplied originally by the AP.
"A group called the Islamic Movement of Iraqi Mujahideen announced that it had killed an Italian hostage called Salvatore Santoro," the Qatar-based broadcaster said on Thursday, showing footage of Santoro with a blindfold and a gun pointed at his head.
The group read a statement in the tape accusing Santoro of working for the United States, Al Jazeera said. Images of his passport showed an Iranian tourist visa.
The channel said it obtained the videotape from the Associated Press.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it was investigating a claim by an Iraqi photographer who said militants showed him the body of a man of the same name together with an Italian passport.
It said neither the Italian embassy in Iraq nor the Foreign Ministry had a record of a Salvatore Santoro in Iraq, and the report should be treated with caution until confirmed.
When I saw the image top right above the video, I was wondering if detained Iraqi photographer Bilal Hussein had blood on his hands. Then I realized something which suggests that he does.
Target: Corpses of Iraqis bound and slain by insurgents – Bilal Hussein / AP
If you look at the image below, you’ll note that it appears to have been taken inside on some type of table.
The photo was released by insurgents when they claimed to have killed Salvatore Santoro.
Then visit Michelle Malkin’s blog and you’ll see the images taken by Hussein when Santoro was alive. As far as I’m concerned, this means Hussein was present throughout and witnessed the execution. I wonder if he took some special images just for his insurgent friends?