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A MEMBER of the barbaric IS cell of the Beatles who kidnapped, tortured and beheaded Western captives has been jailed for life today.
Former British citizen El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was convicted in April on charges including lethal hostage-taking and conspiracy to commit murder.
El Shafee Elsheikh has been sentenced to eight life sentences for his role in the IS gang.
He was part of the brutal hostage-taking gang that beheaded three Americans, two British and two Japanese aid workers in Syria.
Elsheikh will die in jail after US District Court Judge TS Ellis in a Virginia court today imposed eight life sentences on him, to be served simultaneously.
After a six-week trial in April and hours of deliberation, the jury concluded that Elsheikh was part of an Islamic State cell, nicknamed “The Beatles” for his English accent, that beheaded American hostages in Iraq and Syria.
Ellis told the court: “This defendant’s behavior can only be described as horrific, barbaric, brutal and, of course, criminal.”
The court heard horrific evidence from former hostages as they recounted how the gang forced starving captives to fight each other.
They were also subjected to repeated beatings and sometimes mock executions and electric shocks.
Elsheikh, who was born in Sudan and grew up in London, was accused of plotting to kill four American hostages: James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
Foley and Sotloff, both journalists, and Kassig, an aid worker, were killed in videotaped beheadings.
Mueller was repeatedly raped by the group’s leader at the time, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before his death in Syria, US officials said.
The deaths of Foley, Sotloff, and Kassig were confirmed in 2014, while Mueller’s death was confirmed in early 2015.
Elsheikh tried to defend himself by saying that he was “a simple ISIS fighter” and that he was not part of the gang, but the jury firmly rejected him.
After the sentencing, Foley’s mother, Diane, said: “Let this sentence make it clear to all who dare to kidnap, torture or kill any American citizen abroad that American justice will find them wherever they are. and that our government will hold them accountable for their crimes.” against our citizens.
The charges against Elsheikh, whose British citizenship was withdrawn in 2018, carried a possible death sentence, but US prosecutors had previously warned British officials they would not seek the death penalty.
Prosecutors argued that a life sentence was needed to prevent Elsheikh from causing future harm and to set a precedent that such crimes would receive strict punishment.
Another member of the cell, Alexanda Kotey, was sentenced to life in prison by a US judge earlier this year.
Kotey was held in Iraq by the US military before being flown to the United States to stand trial. He pleaded guilty last September to the murders of Foley, Sotloff, Kassig and Mueller.
A third member of the group, Mohammed Emwazi, was killed in a US-British missile attack in Syria in 2015.
Some former hostages, freed by the cell after lengthy negotiations, testified during trials about the torture they endured. Family members of those killed also testified.