UK sends US proof on Islamic State ‘Beatles’


Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee ElsheikhPicture copyright

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Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh have been captured by Syrian Kurdish forces

The UK has despatched the US proof on two British alleged Islamic State (IS) militants, clearing method for a trial.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of belonging to an IS cell dubbed “The Beatles”, who have been behind the killings of Western hostages.

It comes after Britain’s Excessive Courtroom rejected the request by the mom of one of many suspects to dam the switch of data.

The lads, in US army custody in Iraq, deny the fees.

The pair are alleged to have been members of an IS gang chargeable for the loss of life of hostages in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The victims – who included American journalists and British help staff – have been beheaded and their deaths filmed and broadcast on social media.

The US sought the UK’s assist in the case however till lately a authorized struggle over the usage of the loss of life penalty stymied co-operation.

Final month, the US made clear the 2 wouldn’t be executed if discovered responsible.

IS as soon as managed 88,000 sq km (34,000 sq miles) of territory stretching from western Syria to jap Iraq. It imposed its brutal rule on nearly eight million folks.

What did the UK say?

On Thursday, Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that the UK had forwarded the proof it had towards the 2 suspects to the US.

“Happy to say that the additional proof to assist the prosecution of Kotey & El Sheikh has now lastly been transferred to the US. I sincerely hope that justice for the victims and their households will now be served, Ms Patel wrote in a tweet.

The mom of one of many suspects had earlier received her authorized battle to stop any UK proof from getting used towards the accused in a US courtroom. However Tuesday’s Excessive Courtroom ruling lifted that ban.

Amongst these kidnapped was British photojournalist John Cantlie, who remains to be unaccounted for and is presumed lifeless.

His sister Jessica Pocock advised the BBC’s Frank Gardner: “We have solely ever wished these two to face justice.

“The households of all of the American and all of the British individuals who have been taken, in order that’s David Haines, Alan Henning and John Cantlie… they want nothing lower than a good trial,” she stated.

And what concerning the US response?

US Justice Division spokesman Marc Raimondi stated: “We’re happy with the UK Excessive Courtroom’s resolution.”

“We’re grateful that the British authorities has handed its proof to us and confirmed its dedication to co-operate with our efforts.


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