BARBARIC Islamic State militants who torture thousands of victims in the name of Islam hide their victims from senior Muslim clerics because they disapprove of the savage beatings, according to a former ISIS prisoner.
Mohammed Saad claimed he was locked away in a jail bathroom from clerics after receiving brutal beatings from depraved jihadis.
The Syrian activist revealed he was strung up by his arms and tormented for hours.
But when an imam visited he informed fighters they should not torture prisoners and anyone held without charge should be released within 30 days.
Saad – who managed to flee the militant group in October – said: “It’s a criminal gang pretending to be a state.
“All this talk about applying Shariah and Islamic values is just propaganda, Daesh is about torture and killing.”
Abu Manaf, 44, from Deir el-Zour, claimed some clerics challenged abhorrent ISIS enforcers over their barbaric methods such as beheadings, stoning to death, cutting off limbs and torturing prisoners.
Clerics allegedly argued such punishments can only be implemented under certain conditions.
Manaf, who fled Deir el-Zour in November last year before reaching Turkey, added: “Many of those moderate clerics disappear, are killed or jailed for crimes they did not commit.”
The revelations are said to be reflecting the ever-growing tensions amongst the depraved militant group.
Saad was arrested for reporting on the anti-Assad opposition but ISIS – also known as Daesh – suspected him of fighting against them for the rebel Free Syrian Army.
After five months of custody and regular torment, Saad claimed he secured his release by agreeing to do media work for ISIS where he helped develop videos and other propaganda before fleeing to Turkey.
Syrians escaping the ISIS tyranny say the public disillusionment is growing as the cracks begin to show from within the extremist group.
Instead of utopian “Islamic rule” the fanatical group claims to enforce, many believe ISIS resembles the dictatorship of Syrian President Bashar Assad that many wanted to from their country.
Nayef, who escaped eastern Syrian town of al-Shadadi, said: “Daesh justice has been erratic.
“They started off good and then, gradually, things got worse.”
Over the past year, the group has lost 30 per cent of the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, according to the US-led coalition.