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Islamic State ‘Beatle’ El Shafee Elsheikh sentenced to life in prison for hostage-taking and conspiracy to murder |  world news

A member of IS’s so-called ‘Beatles’, the group that filmed themselves beheading Western captives in Iraq and Syria, has been sentenced to life in prison.

El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was sentenced in the United States in April hostage-taking and criminal conspiracy.

The group killed British volunteers David Haines and Alan Henning, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, among others.

The hostages gave the band the nickname The Beatles because of their English accents.

Elsheikh came to the UK as a child refugee from Sudan and lived in White City, west London. His British citizenship was revoked in 2018.

During the trial, the jury was told that Elsheikh “played a central role in a brutal hostage-taking plan”.

He was described as the group’s main guard, with the hostages claiming he carried out most of the torture.

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Another band member, Alexanda Kotey, also from London, was sentenced to life earlier this year.

Ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, was killed in a US drone strike in Syria in 2015.

The alleged fourth “IS Beatle”, Aine Davis, was this month charged with terrorism offenses when he arrived at Luton Airport after being deported from Turkey.


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