U.K. ISIL MEMBERS SAY FAIR TRIAL NOW IMPOSSIBLE
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.
Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh.