Home Secretary Amber Rudd, has suggested that members of the British Isis cell, who are known as The Beatles, face trial in the UK. Both American and British are in talks regarding where the militants should be taken to.
Previously, the Government had forced the El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey to be handed over to US for their role in crimes, that included the barbaric beheading of many hostages. But it seems like Amber Rudd has left a door open for them to be returned back to Britain.
During a visit to the Middle East, she said that the important thing is that they have been arrested and they will face trial. She added that she cannot determine where that will take place but is convinced and committed to the cause of their trial as United Kingdom’s security is a first.
Both Elsheikh and Kotey were last of the two members of The Beatles who were at large until they were detained last month in eastern Syria by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
The American defense officials have said they normally they expect the detainees to return to their country for origin to face trial. The US Defense secretary Jim Mattis said that the integral thing is the countries of origin maintaining responsibility for them which was hit back by his British counterpart Gavin Williamson that both of them had turned their back on British ideas and values and I do not want them back in United Kingdom.
ElSheikh and Kotey are thought to be dual nationalists who had joined the ISIS in order to get their British citizenship removed for the public good.
US has dismissed the idea of sending both to Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba where the terror suspects are detained without trial indefinitely.
A parliament undersecretary of state Tobia Ellwood insists the men to be tried at International Criminal Court, which is only possible if the counties are unwilling or unable to carry out their jurisdiction.
Elsheikh and Kotye were wanted for executing hostages which included British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines and American journalist James Foley. Last year, both of them were labeled as specially designated global terrorists for their roles in the group which has beheaded more than 27 hostages and tortured many.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.