UK Try ‘Beatles’ terror suspects in Hague, says UK minister

10 February, 2018

Try ‘Beatles’ terror suspects in Hague, says UK minister

Try ‘Beatles’ terror suspects in Hague, says UK minister

Photo: The eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor during an operation by Syrian government forces | AFP via Getty Images

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured last month trying to flea Syria and are accused of being part of ISIS terror cell.

Two captured extremists that were part of a British jihidist terror group should be tried at an international criminal court rather than being sent to Guantánamo Bay, according to a U.K. government minister.

Tobias Ellwood, a junior defence minister, told the Times of London that Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh — two British-born fighters that were captured last month trying to flee Syria — should be taken to the Hague for trial, adding that it was important to uphold the rule of law.

“Given the scale of foreign fighters, we should consider an agreed international process involving The Hague, which ensures terrorists from any origin are transparently and fairly held to account for their actions,” Ellwood said. “Guantánamo Bay created a new combatant status that bypassed the Geneva convention, used torture and failed to address a wider global jihadist insurgency that continues today.”

Kotey and Elsheikh were allegedly part of a terrorist cell connected to Islamic State that was dubbed “The Beatles” because the group was made up of four British jihadists.

The ISIS faction was known for beheading and torturing its hostages, and also included Mohammed Emwazi — nicknamed “Jihadi John” by the media — who was shown in several propaganda videos in which Western hostages were executed. Emwazi was killed by an American airstrike in 2015.

Despite the group’s actions, Ellwood, the British minister, told the Times that all terrorists should be treated fairly and be held accountable for their actions.

“The horror of 9/11 meant we briefly lost sight of the standards and rule of law that took centuries to develop and fundamentally distinguish us from the terrorist,” he added.

Source: www.politico.eu

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