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One of IS’ Beatles sentenced to life in US


El Shafee El-Sheikh, 34, sporting a beard, large glasses and a black mask, remained impassive as the sentence was announced in a court in Alexandria, near Washington, the capital.

What El Shafee El-Sheikh did can only be described as horrible, barbaric, brutal, cruel and, of course, criminalsaid federal judge T. S. Ellis, while stating his decision: eight concurrent life sentences for the murders of four Americans.

His lawyers have indicated their intention to appeal and asked that he not be sent to the maximum security prison in Florence, Colorado (west), which the judge refused.

El-Sheikh had been arrested by Syrian Kurdish forces in 2018. He has since been found guilty in April by a popular jury, following a harrowing trial that exposed the sadism of the Beatles in broad daylight.

A 12-person jury deliberated for less than six hours over two days before convicting him of his role in the deaths of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff as well as aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.

Atrocious crimes against human rights

This trial exposed the atrocious human rights crimes you have committedsaid Diane Foley, the journalist’s mother, eight years to the day after IS broadcast the video showing his beheading. Your hate crimes didn’t win out.

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El Shafee El-Sheikh had been arrested along with another alleged member of the BeatlesAlexanda Kotey, a 38-year-old former British national.

Both men had been handed over to US forces in Iraq and sent to the United States in 2020 to stand trial.

Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty in September 2021 and was sentenced to life in prison last April by the same judge, T. S. Ellis.

Another alleged member of BeatlesAine Davis, 38, was charged and brought before a British court last week in London, following his deportation from Turkey.

The best known of the group, the Briton Mohammed Emwazi, alias Jihadi Johnwas killed by an American drone in Syria in 2015. He appeared in multiple videos showing throats cut.

Massacre of at least 27 people

Active in Syria between 2012 and 2015, the four members of the Beatlesall radicalized in London, are accused of overseeing the detention of at least 27 journalists and aid workers from the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and Russia.

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The nickname of Beatles had been given by Western hostages to this group of jihadists with a British accent.

This group had gained a sinister notoriety by staging the execution of captives in unbearable propaganda videos.

At the trial of El Shafee El-Sheikh, 10 former European and Syrian hostages described the atrocities suffered at the hands of Beatlessuch as simulated drowning, electric shock or mock execution.

This week, British police revealed that building the case against the Beatles had been akin to building for 10 years a puzzle of tiny pieces.

We have followed a path of small bread crumbs, fragments in fact, from a huge amount of other investigationsLondon police chief Richard Smith told reporters on Wednesday.

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