US judge dismisses ISIL’s “Beatles” defendant’s torture allegations | ISIL/IS News

One of the former members of ISIL born in the United Kingdom, known as the “Beatles”, faces charges related to torture and beheading of hostages.


A US judge ruled that a British national accused of playing an important role in torture and beheading of American and British hostages held by ISIL could be used against him in the trial.

El Shafee Elsheikh tried to abandon the statements acknowledging his role in the plan, claiming that these statements were obtained through torture after he was arrested.


But US District Judge TS Ellis said in a ruling issued this week that his statement was not supported by testimony from a three-day hearing last year.

Elsheikh also opposed that the defense interrogators conducted 26 interrogations on him before he was told he had the right to remain silent.


But Ellis said that the interrogators used a two-step interrogation procedure permitted by law. After these 26 interviews, a “clean interrogation team” came in, informed him of his rights, and collected information only from subsequent interviews.

Elsheikh is one of the four ISIL members nicknamed “Islamic State”the Beatles“Because of their British accent.


indictment toll He took hostages and killed Americans James Foley, Keira Muller, Steven Sotloff and Peter Cassig.

It also accused him of conspiring to kill British and Japanese nationals, including rescuers David Haynes and Alan Henning and journalists Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto.

Co-defendant Alexandre Kotai, Plead guilty In the Federal Court of Alexandria, Virginia, last year, in a plea bargain, the deal would be sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment, but included a clause that allowed him to serve his sentence in the United Kingdom after 15 years of imprisonment in the United States.


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