The last two members of the British Isis cell known as ‘’The Beatles’’, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are currently detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and will shortly be handed over to the US army who want to transport them to GITMO.
Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/18053-ISIS-Beatles-Await-Transport-To-GITMO"> ISIS ‘Beatles’ Await Transport To GITMO</a>.
As the two were involved in the torture and execution of hostages as henchmen for the infamous ‘Jihadi John’, they were included in the killing of the American journalist James Foley and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and so there is a call both on the US and UK side for them to face trial in one of the two countries.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The last two members of ISIS "Beatles" gang now detained by Syrian Kurds <a href="https://t.co/e0NHlsSL7B">https://t.co/e0NHlsSL7B</a></p>— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) <a href="https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/961677297513361408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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In Britain the call for the ISIS ‘Beatles’ to face trial in London sounds ever louder, not in the least by the counter-terrorism specialist, Lord Carlile, who was the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2001 to 2011, and who claims that a British trial was the “proper forum” for justice.
Mr Carlisle feels that radicalised Britons should be “returned to the country of origin” and tried “in a normal way with British rights, British duties, British obligations and British responsibilities.”
“If people are tried properly, as they would be in the British courts, it would show that the UK is taking a very serious approach to deradicalisation but also to dealing with extremism.”
“I would expect the Foreign Secretary to urge the Americans and the Syrians to accept that British justice is a compliant and efficient system, and that the most convenient forum and indeed the proper forum for such cases is the home country.”