El Shafee el-Sheikh, a brutal “Beatles” member of the jihadist Islamic State group known for its brutality and specializing in the capture, torture and execution of Western hostages, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. US court.
Terrorist, brutal executioner El Shafee el-Sheikh will spend the rest of his life in prison: members of The Beatles, a group of the Islamic State Jihad (OEI) that specialises in capturing, torturing and executing Western hostages, He was sentenced to life in prison on Friday 19 August. The verdict was handed down by a court in Virginia, not far from Washington.
The 34-year-old, with a beard, large glasses and a mask, remained unmoved when the decision was announced at a court in Alexandria, near the capital, Washington.
Federal Judge Thomas Selby Ellis said Shafee Sheikh’s actions were “horrific, brutal, brutal, cruel and, of course, criminal” while making his decision : Sentenced to eight concurrent life sentences for killing four Americans. His lawyers have said they intend to appeal.
He was arrested by Syrian Kurdish forces in 2018. He was found guilty by a popular jury in April after a gruelling trial that exposed “The Beatles” sadism in broad daylight.
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A 12-person jury deliberated for less than six hours over two days before concluding his role in the deaths of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Cassig and Kayla Mueller character of.
“This trial exposed the brutal human rights crimes you committed,” the journalist’s mother, Diane Foley, said eight years after IS released the video of the beheading. “Your hate crime did not prevail. »
El Shafee el-Sheikh was arrested along with another Beatle, 38-year-old former British national Alexandra Kotey. Both have been handed over to U.S. troops in Iraq and will be sent to the United States to stand trial in 2020.
Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty in September 2021 and was sentenced to life in prison by the same judge, Thomas Selby Ellis, last April.
Another Beatle, 38-year-old Ian Davis, was charged in London last week and taken to a British court after being deported from Turkey.
The group’s best-known figure was Mohammed Emwazi, a British man known as “Jihadi John,” who was killed by an American drone in Syria in 2015. He has appeared in multiple videos showing the throat.
The four Beatles, who were active in Syria between 2012 and 2015, were all radicalised in London and are accused of supervising the detention of at least 27 people from the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium , Japan, New Zealand and Russia.
The Western hostages nicknamed the British-accented jihadists “The Beatles”.
The group gained notoriety by executing captives in excruciating propaganda videos.
At the El Shafee el-Sheikh trial, ten former European and Syrian hostages described atrocities at the hands of the “Beatles”, such as mock drowning, electric shocks or mock executions.
This week, British police revealed that filing a lawsuit against The Beatles is like building a decade-old “piece of a puzzle”.
Richard Smith, head of the London police’s counter-terrorism unit, told reporters on Wednesday: “We’ve recovered from a number of other investigations a small crumb, which is actually a shard.”