The wife of Salford hostage Alan Henning has revealed she received a chilling audio recording of her husband ‘pleading for his life’.
The 47-year-old, a former taxi driver from Eccles, was captured last December while travelling in an aid convey while crossing into Syria.
And Mrs Henning, who has already tried to contact Isis but has yet to receive a response, issued a statement once again asking his captors to ‘open their hearts and minds’.
“I and people representing me continue to reach out to those holding Alan,” she said.
“Islamic State continue to ignore our pleas to open dialogue.
“I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate. The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear.
“He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid.”
The statement, the second released by the Henning family in recent days, continued: “We are at a loss why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the facts surrounding Alan’s imprisonment and why they continue to threaten his life.
“I have been told that he has been to a Sharia court and found innocent of being a spy and declared to be no threat.
“I implore Islamic State to abide by the decisions of their own justice system.
“Please release Alan.”
Mr Henning appeared in a video more than a week ago which showed the beheading of David Haines, an aid worker who had been held captive since March 2013.
Two American journalists have also been beheaded in videos.
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