One of Daesh’s cruel “Beatles” charged across the Channel

He is suspected of having been part of the “Beatles”. A particularly cruel cell of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), specializing in the capture, torture and execution of Western hostages. The man has been charged with multiple terrorism offenses after his arrest in the UK, police said on Thursday.

Arrested at London Luton airport from Turkey, Aine Leslie Davis, 38, must be brought to justice in Westminster Magistrates Court in the morning, Scotland Yard said in a statement. Arrested in Turkey in November 2015, he had since been imprisoned there for acts of terrorism.

A British accent and nearly thirty kidnappings

The four members of the “Beatles”, so nicknamed because of their British accent, are accused of having kidnapped at least 27 journalists and humanitarian workers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand , Russia and Japan.

They are also suspected of having tortured and killed, including by beheading, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as humanitarian workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller. IS had released propaganda videos showing their executions on social media. Two of the “Beatles”, Alexanda Kotey (38) and El Shafee Elsheikh (34), former British nationals, were arrested in January 2018 by a Kurdish militia in Syria and handed over to US forces in Iraq before being sent to the UK.

Financing of terrorism

They were finally extradited in 2020 to the United States, to Virginia, on charges of taking hostages, conspiring to kill American citizens and supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Alexanda Kotey pleaded guilty to his involvement in the murders in September and was sentenced to life in prison in April. Shafee Elsheikh was convicted on all counts in April and will be sentenced next week.

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The fourth ‘Beatles’ executioner, Mohamed Emwazi, was killed by a US drone in Syria in 2015. In 2014, Aine Leslie Davis’ wife, Amal El-Wahabi, became the first person in the UK to be sentenced for having financed jihadists of the EI for having tried to send 20,000 euros to her husband in Syria. During her trial, after which she was imprisoned for 28 months, Aine Leslie Davis was portrayed as a drug trafficker before her departure for Syria.

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