Shared Intelligence With US Over The “Beatles” Duo Halted

Posted on July 27, 2018

The Home Office has halted co-operation until a judge has had a chance to consider an application for judicial review. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, both of whom have been stripped of British nationality, are wanted for being part of the IS kidnap gang behind hostage executions. They are accused of being the last two members of an IS group dubbed “The Beatles” because of their British accents. Lawyers for the mother of El Shafee Elsheikh have now prepared detailed grounds challenging Mr Javid’s decision to share information with the US without a death penalty assurance – meaning a case could be before High Court judges in days. They said the home secretary’s actions revealed “a clear and dramatic departure from the UK’s long standing international and domestic commitment to oppose the continuing exercise of the death penalty.” A Home Office spokesperson said the government had “agreed to a short-term pause” but was confident it had “acted in full accordance of the law”

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