IS ‘Beatle’ found GUILTY of kidnapping and conspiring to kill journalists and aid workers in a brutal plot

ISIS “Beatle” El Shafee Elsheikh has been convicted of his role in a brutal hostage-taking scheme and conspiracy to assassinate journalists and aid workers.

The 33-year-old Briton has been linked to the kidnapping, torture and beheading of scores of hostages in Syria.

El Shafee Elsheikh was found guilty of his crimes of horror


El Shafee Elsheikh was found guilty of his crimes of horrorPhoto credit: AFP

The prosecutors convinced the jury of that Elsheikknown as “Ringo”, was part of the cutthroat collective that gruesomely killed civilians.

The quartet was dubbed “ISIS”. beatles‘ by her prisoners because of her British accent.

The bloodthirsty group has been accused of kidnapping and torturing 26 western hostages between 2012 and 2015.

The jury in Alexandria, Virginiareturned a guilty verdict less than six hours after the two-week trial after hearing the harrowing details of the torture.

Elsheikh was charged with taking hostages, conspiring to kill US citizens and supporting a terrorist organization.

He now faces a life sentence for his role in the deaths of four Americans who were captured.

The US will not seek the death penalty against him.

Journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aides Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig were killed by the Islamic State terrorist cell.

The Beatles are also believed to be responsible for the deaths of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and Japanese journalists Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto.

Foley, Sotloff and Kassig were beheaded, while Mueller was forced into slavery and repeatedly raped by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, before being killed as well.

David Haines was also beheaded in September 2014.

John Cantlie is still missing, believed to be in the hands of Islamic State nearly a decade after his kidnapping.

Horrifying footage of some of their deaths was shared on social media, another shocking blow to the families of the victims.

The jury deliberated for less than six hours in total before returning their verdict on Thursday afternoon.

Elsheikh’s lawyers insist he was just a “simple ISIS fighter” who was not involved in torturing the “Beatles.”

The surviving hostage Federico Motka, an Italian-born aid worker, told the court about his 14-month ordeal at the hands of the four jihadists.

He was kidnapped near a refugee camp on the Turkish border and taken there Syria in March 2013.

In chilling statements, he claimed Elsheikh, “George” and “John” tricked him and three other prisoners into participating in a “royal rumble‘style fight each other for their pleasure.

Suits with numbers on the back, similar to those worn by inmates at Guantanamo Bay, to “remind” them of the US prison.

Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John”He was killed in a drone strike in 2015 while Alexanda Kotey and Elsheikh were captured in Syria in January 2018 and taken to Virginia to stand trial.

Last year, Kotey pled guilty to a plea deal seeking a life sentence.

As part of the deal, he will serve 15 years in prison and then be in the US sent to Britain for further charges. IS ‘Beatle’ found GUILTY of kidnapping and conspiring to kill journalists and aid workers in a brutal plot

Bobby Allyn

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