Arrested at London’s Luton Airport on Wednesday evening, Aine Leslie Davis is being prosecuted for terrorist financing offenses dating back to 2014 and possession of a firearm dating back to 2013-2014
for purposes related to terrorismaccording to the British prosecution.
After a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, he was kept in custody, with the judge noting his
propensity to travel with false documents.
Wearing a short beard and a gray T-shirt, he spoke only to state his identity.
The next preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 2, in court at the Old Bailey.
Already under arrest
Aine Leslie Davis was the subject of an arrest warrant issued in January 2015 by the British courts.
Arrested in Turkey in November 2015, he was detained there after being sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for terrorist offenses by a local court, in particular for his participation in a banned organization.
He was released in July, before being placed in a detention center until his deportation.
According to the prosecution, after trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, he traveled to Syria in 2013 via Turkey. In photographs he sent to his wife, it is clear that he was with
fighters in Syria, prosecutor Kashif Malik said on Thursday, citing for example a snapshot showing 40 armed men.
The four members of these
Beatleswhere Davis would be
Paulnicknamed for their British accent, are accused of kidnapping at least 27 journalists and aid workers from the US, UK, Europe, New Zealand, Russia and Japan .
They are also suspected of having tortured and killed, in particular by beheading, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as humanitarian workers like Peter Kassig. L’ISbroadcast propaganda videos showing their executions on social media.
The best known of the group, Mohamed Emwazi, alias
Jihadi Johnwas killed by a US drone in Syria in 2015. He appeared in multiple butchering videos.
The two others
BeatlesAlexanda Kotey (38 years old,
ringo) and El Shafee Elsheikh (34,
george), former British nationals, were arrested in January 2018 by a Kurdish militia in Syria and handed over to US forces in Iraq before being sent to the UK.
They were eventually extradited in 2020 to the United States, to Virginia, on charges of taking hostages, conspiring to kill American citizens, and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.
Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty to his involvement in the murders in September and was sentenced to life in prison in April. El Shafee Elsheikh was convicted on all counts in April and will be sentenced next week.
In 2014, Aine Leslie Davis’ wife, Amal El-Wahabi, became the first person in the UK to be convicted of funding jihadists from theIStrying to send 20,000 euros to her husband in Syria. During her trial, after which she was imprisoned for 28 months, her husband was portrayed as a drug trafficker before he left for Syria.
At their peak, the
Beatles had acquired a solid reputation for cruelty synonymous with prestige in the ranks of theIS .
They considered themselves the special forces of the caliphatehad explained to AFP at the end of 2020 the ex-French hostage Nicolas Hénin, describing
tremendous arrogance, a level of belief in and disregard for facts and a detachment from violence that was quite staggering.