HSBC fires six employees for staging mock Islamic State execution video

The employees filmed the video on an HSBC team-building day in Birmingham and published it on Instagram


Afp July 07, 2015
The employees filmed the video on an HSBC team-building day in Birmingham and published it on Instagram. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON:

British bank HSBC fired six staffers after they staged a mock Islamic State-style execution video during a team-building day out and posted the subsequent footage online, a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.


The bank described the video, showing staff members in balaclavas holding a fake knife over a kneeling man in an orange jumpsuit, as "abhorrent".


"We took the decision to sack the individuals involved," a spokesperson for the bank said.

"This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence caused."

The employees filmed the video on an HSBC team-building day in Birmingham and published it on Instagram before deleting it, according to newspaper The Sun, which published screen shots of the clip.

In it, a kneeling man in a jumpsuit is held by the shoulders while a colleague wields a coat-hanger like a knife above him, as though preparing to cut off his head.

One staff member shouts "Allahu Akbar" (God is the greatest in Arabic) during the clip, according to The Sun.

The staging recalls gruesome beheading videos released by the IS group, which has executed over 3,000 people in Syria in the year since it declared an Islamic "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

IS killed a series of international hostages dressed in orange jumpsuits, including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, in videos that caused shock when they were released last year.

HSBC has recently weathered a string of bad publicity, including allegations its Swiss private banking arm helped wealthy clients dodge tax, and fines by regulators for attempting to rig foreign exchange markets.

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COMMENTS (2)

Mrs Juicy Gossips | 5 years ago | Reply @Mark Filby: What in tarnations are you babbling about ? Two wrongs don't make a right, unless, of course, one multiplies.
Mark Filby | 5 years ago | Reply Atypical response from criminals. IF they had the mental capacity for ethics and morals this story may have carried some credibility for HSBC, but the reality is they are criminals. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/gangster-bankers-too-big-to-jail-20130214 Bankers are a disgrace to society. HSBC should be closed down and every director arrested, along with every other banker involved in the greatest crimes of history. I am about to find out who controls The Tribune.
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