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Islamic State 'Beatles' pair from UK 'should face trial'

February 9, 2018 4:33 pm

*The families of some of the victims of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages have said two captured fighters should face trial. *

British fighters Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces.

Bethany Haines – whose father David, a British aid worker, was beheaded by the cell – said she hoped they die a “slow, painful death”.

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Kotey and Elsheikh were two of four UK IS members known as “the Beatles”.

“They should be locked up and throw away the key,” Ms Haines said.

Should there be a trial, she said she would attend and “look them in the eye and let them know I am who I am and they have certainly destroyed a big part of my life. Hopefully there will be some justice.”

Diane Foley – whose son James, an American journalist, was beheaded by the cell – said she wanted the two men to face life imprisonment.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Their crimes are beyond imagination.”

Mrs Foley said that she would like the men to face trial in the US but she would be “most grateful” so long as “they are brought to fair trial and detained and justice is served”.

“It doesn’t bring James back, but hopefully it protects others from this kind of crime,” she said.

Kotey and Elsheikh were the last two of “the Beatles”, so-called because of their British accents.

Kotey, from west London, was a guard for the group that was described by US authorities as an execution cell. The US State Department says he took part in the torture of hostages and acted as a recruiter for IS.

Elsheikh “earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions” while serving as the cell’s guard, the US state department says

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