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

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member of the so-called Islamic State terror cell often 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 because of run concurrently.

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

Addressing the jihadist, decide Ellis mentioned: “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

“It is a important episode within the historical past of our nation and our justice system.”

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

His mom, Diane Foley, advised Elsheikh his “hatred overtook your humanity”.

“This trial has revealed the horrific human rights crimes you dedicated whereas a part of Isis,” she mentioned, addressing him immediately in her sufferer affect assertion.

“Your hatred overtook your humanity.”

Turning 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 buddies and their buddies.

“I stay 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 occasions he appeared to show his head within the path of these studying out their sufferer affect statements.

Decide Thomas Selby Ellis was because of enable the jihadist the chance to talk earlier than passing sentence on him, which he later declined.

Elsheikh was one in every of a gang of 4 Isis militants branded The Beatles because of their British accents.

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

Kotey was handed a life sentence by decide Selby on the identical court docket in April.


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