They became the symbol of terror when it Islamic state controlled a large area of land between Syria e Iraq. Their long blades sunk into the throats of the prisoners taken in the moments of their killing have become the weapon with which the Caliphate puniva i kuffar, the infidels. Today, two of the four Beatles dell’Isis, and the British El Shafee Elsheikh e Alexanda Kotey, will be transferred from the US military base in Iraq where they have been held since October 2019, after being captured by Kurdish forces in 2018, to United States, where they are indicted on charges of terrorism for beheadings of American and British hostages. The two defendants, however, deny any responsibility.
It is they, along with their companions Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John, killed by a drone a Raqqa in 2015, e Aine Davis, locked up in a Turkish prison since 2017, accused of taking the life of a James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Alan Henning, David Haines, Peter Kassig and many others then entered the propaganda videos circulated all over the world.
The families tried to prevent the two, who are now 36 and 32, from being transferred to the US. In particular, the mother of one of the two had appealed to the British law that prevents extradition to countries where there is a risk of death penalty. Obstacle that the Kingdom and the US have managed to get around with the okay from the US attorney general William Barr to give up the possibility of asking for the death penalty for the two if the British authorities quickly handed over to the federal prosecutors elements against the two defendants. A British court last month rejected the appeal of the mother of one of the two defendants.
The files relating to the two arrived two weeks ago Beatles by British prosecutors. “We appreciate the fact that the Great Britain is providing elements in support of the indictment and we are ready to see these two defendants soon in a courtroom to face justice, “said the spokesman for the Department of Justice, Marc Raimondi. A handover, however, that took place not without turbulence: Barr had given a real ultimatum in London, saying that if he did not collaborate by October 15, the two would be transferred to the Iraqi authorities, inevitably causing their Death penalty, the fate of many of their comrades in arms of Iraqi nationality.
In a statement released by Foley Foundation, the families of the victims say that “the extradition and trial of Kotey and Elsheikh in the US is the first step in search for justice“For the four Americans who” saw the suffering of the Syrian people and wanted to help, with humanitarian assistance or by telling the world about the Syrian crisis. We hope that the American government will be able to send the world an important message: whoever hurts the Americans, never escapes justice ”.
The cell of Beatles, thus renamed for theBritish accent of its members in propaganda videos and executions, was the one who had the task of killing important prisoners in the hands of the Caliphate then led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and are held responsible for beheading of 27 hostages. The two, interviewed by Washington Post during their detention, they admitted dealing with American and British hostages with the task of obtaining information from prisoners, sometimes with violence, but they always denied having taken part in the executions.