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Mother of IS Bea­tles sus­pect loses bid to halt help for US trial

- By Michael Knowles Se­cu­rity Cor­re­spon­dent

THE mother of a sus­pected IS ter­ror­ist has lost her High Court bid to stop Bri­tain shar­ing ev­i­dence about her son with US au­thor­i­ties.

El Shafee El­sheikh and Alexanda Kotey are ac­cused of be­long­ing to a cell of ex­e­cu­tion­ers in Syria – dubbed The Bea­tles be­cause of their Bri­tish ac­cents – who were re­spon­si­ble for killing Western cap­tives.

At a hear­ing in Lon­don on Septem­ber 11, lawyers for El­sheikh’s mother, Maha El­gi­zouli, said that Home Sec­re­tary Priti Pa­tel’s de­ci­sion ahead of a pos­si­ble trial in the US was in­com­pat­i­ble with the Data Pro­tec­tion Act.

They said the trans­fer of the ev­i­dence un­der “mu­tual le­gal as­sis­tance” was “not strictly nec­es­sary” as a de­ci­sion was due about pros­e­cut­ing El­sheikh in the UK.

Yes­ter­day Dame Victoria Sharp and Mr Jus­tice Garn­ham said the case was “not prop­erly ar­guable” and lo­ca­tion of prose­cu­tion had “no rel­e­vance”.

Dame Victoria said: “The con­clu­sion that, even if Mr El­sheikh could be pros­e­cuted in Eng­land, it would still be nec­es­sary and pro­por­tion­ate to trans­fer the data to the US au­thor­i­ties re­mained a con­clu­sion prop­erly open to the Sec­re­tary of State.”

The hear­ing was held ur­gently as the US in­di­cated the pair will be tried in Iraq – where they could be ex­e­cuted – if it does not re­ceive the UK ev­i­dence by Oc­to­ber 15. But it can now be sent.

El­sheikh and Kotey lost their UK cit­i­zen­ship and are be­ing held by the US in Iraq.

 ??  ?? El Shafee El­sheikh and, in­set, his mother Maha El­gi­zouli
El Shafee El­sheikh and, in­set, his mother Maha El­gi­zouli

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