U.K. ISIL MEM­BERS SAY FAIR TRIAL NOW IM­POS­SI­BLE

Regina Leader-Post - - WORLD -

KOBANI, SYRIA Two Bri­tish mem­bers of the Is­lamic State group be­lieved to have be­longed to a cell no­to­ri­ous for be­head­ing hostages said Fri­day that their home coun­try’s re­vok­ing of their cit­i­zen­ship de­nies them the pos­si­bil­ity of a fair trial. One said the killings of cap­tives was “re­gret­table” and could have been avoided.

The men were al­legedly among four Bri­tish ji­hadis who made up the ISIL cell nick­named “The Bea­tles” by sur­viv­ing cap­tives be­cause of their English ac­cents.

The cell be­came known for its bru­tal­ity, hold­ing in cap­tiv­ity more than 20 Western hostages, and tor­tur­ing and killing sev­eral, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can, Bri­tish and Ja­panese jour­nal­ists and aid work­ers, in 2014 and 2015.

The two men, El Shafee El­sheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, spoke from their de­ten­tion in north­ern Syria.

HUS­SEIN MALLA / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee El­sheikh.

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