British ‘Beatle’ terrorist given life sentence over deaths of Western hostages

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member of the so-called Islamic State terror cell generally known as The Beatles has been jailed for all times after being convicted for his position within the homicide of American hostages in Syria.

El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, who grew up in London, confirmed no emotion as decide Thomas Selby Ellis delivered his verdict at Alexandria District Courtroom, Virginia, whereas members of his victims’ households watched on.

Elsheikh was given a life sentence for every of the eight counts he was convicted of in April, that are resulting from run concurrently.

The counts associated to his position in a hostage-taking scheme which concerned torturing, beating and executing prisoners.

Raj Parekh, representing the households, stated Elsheikh – identified to prosecutors as “Ringo” – remained “defiantly remorseless and unrepentant”.

He famous that the jihadist had made no effort to fulfill victims’ households, like his co-defendant Alexanda Kotey.

Addressing the jihadist, decide Ellis stated: “The behaviour of this defendant and his co-defendant can solely be described as horrific, barbaric, brutal and callous.

I pity you for selecting hatred and for succumbing to a false theology

“This can be a important episode within the historical past of our nation and our justice system.”

The courtroom heard statements from among the victims’ family members, together with these of US journalist James Foley.

His mom, Diane Foley, informed Elsheikh his “hatred overtook your humanity” as she delivered her sufferer influence assertion, noting that it was the eight-year anniversary of her son’s demise.

“This trial has revealed the horrific human rights crimes you dedicated whereas a part of Isis,” she stated, addressing him straight.

“Your hatred overtook your humanity.”

Changing into audibly emotional, Ms Foley continued: “Figuring out Jim, my struggling and that of our household would have given Jim the deepest ache.

“(However) Jim would say ‘Elsheikh, you didn’t kill me. I’m alive in my household and mates and their mates.

“I dwell on in those that survived your inhumanity. I’m alive in all those that aspire to ethical braveness.

ITV Information Safety Editor Rohit Kachroo (left) chatting with El Shafee Elsheikh (proper) (ITV Information/PA) / PA Media

“In some ways I’m extra alive than I’ve ever been’.”

Addressing Elsheikh once more, she added: “I pity you for selecting hatred and for succumbing to a false theology.”

Elsheikh sat carrying a inexperienced, prison-issue jumpsuit, with white trainers and a black face-covering, and wore glasses.

At instances he appeared to show his head within the route of these studying out their sufferer influence statements.

Choose Thomas Selby Ellis was resulting from enable the jihadist the chance to talk earlier than passing sentence on him, which he later declined.

Ms Foley was joined exterior of courtroom by the mother and father of US humanitarian employee Peter Kassig, Ed and Paula Kassig.

Elsheikh was considered one of a gang of 4 Isis militants branded The Beatles resulting from their British accents.

The cell was stated to be made up of ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, generally known as Jihadi John; Aine Davis; Alexanda Kotey and Elsheikh.

Elsheikh was captured alongside Kotey in Syria in 2018 by the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces whereas making an attempt to flee to Turkey.

Final 12 months, Kotey pleaded responsible to eight counts referring to his involvement, whereas Davis was jailed in Turkey earlier than being deported to the UK final week and Emwazi was killed in a drone strike.

Kotey was given the identical sentence of eight concurrent life sentences, additionally by decide Ellis, on the identical courtroom in April.


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