member of the so-called “Beatles” Islamic State terror cell might be sentenced to life in jail on Friday within the US.
El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, faces a doable life sentence after being discovered responsible of his function in a hostage-taking scheme which concerned torturing, beating and executing prisoners.
The jihadist, who grew up in London, is accused of being considered one of a gang of 4 IS militants nicknamed “the Beatles” by their captives on account of their British accents.
The cell, stated to be made up of ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, generally known as Jihadi John, Aine Davis, Alexanda Kotey and Elsheikh, was allegedly accountable for the brutal killings of a number of Western and Japanese captives, together with Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.
Elsheikh was in April convicted of eight counts regarding 4 American hostages, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller, after a trial on the US District Courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia.
The three American males that Elsheikh was charged in reference to have been executed in videotaped beheadings broadcast on-line.
Ms Mueller was enslaved and raped a number of instances by Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi earlier than she was killed.
The 4 have been stated to have been amongst 26 hostages taken between 2012 and 2015, when the Islamic State group dominated giant areas in Iraq and Syria.
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 regarding 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 jailed within the US in April.
The Metropolitan Police stated this week the 4 males have been recognized as a result of Kotey and Elsheikh have been arrested at an English Defence League (EDL) counter-protest in London in September 2011.