HSBC employees sacked for ‘abhorrent’ mock Isil execution video


The bank has apologised after a video emerged online of staff dressed in jumpsuits apparently pretending to behead an Asian colleague.A stull from a video showing HSBC bank workers repoertedly filming themselves staging a mock ISIL style beheading of an Asian colleague before posting the footage online

HSBC has apologised after a video emerged online of its employees taking part in a mock Isis style beheading of an Asian colleague.

The bank said the video, which shows six staff members dressed in jumpsuits and balaclavas, was “abhorrent” adding: “We took the decision to sack the individuals involved”.

In the video, an Asian man kneels on the ground, dressed in an orange jumpsuit while five others stand around him dressed in black. One is holding what appears to be a coat hanger.

One of the men dressed in black shouts: “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “god is great” – which Isil executioners have said when they murder hostages.

According to The Sun, the video was shot during an HSBC team-building exercise and was posted on Instagram but subsequently deleted.

The workers had been on an away day to Teamworks Karting track in Birmingham organised by HSBC, the newspaper said.

Kidnapped British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines were both wearing orange jumpsuits when they were beheaded in Syria by Isil.

An HSBC spokesperson said: “We do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.

“As soon as The Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals involved.

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


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