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Member of ISIS ‘Beatles’ gets life sentence over fatal kidnappings of American, Japanese and British hostages

British Isis member
  • El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was found guilty of eight charges, including four counts of murder conspiracy, hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, following an 11-day trial in Alexandria, Virginia, that ended on Thursday.
  • Elsheikh, a Sudanese-born Londoner, was part of a group known as the “Beatles.” Other members of the group included Alexanda Kotey, Mohammed Emwazi and an alleged fourth member, Aine Davis, who remains imprisoned in Turkey.
  • “Elsheikh and two other ISIS members supervised the terrorist organization’s jails and detention facilities at which the hostages were held,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. “Elsheikh and his co-conspirators engaged in a prolonged pattern of physical and psychological violence against hostages that was meant as an effort to subdue the hostages.”
  • The group was responsible for kidnapping and murdering several hostages, including four Americans identified as James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.
  • Elsheikh was the highest-profile IS member and the only person of the group to face trial in the U.S. He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 12 and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

A British member of the militant organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has been convicted on all counts by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, for having a role in a deadly kidnapping that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was found guilty of all eight charges, including four counts of murder conspiracy, hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization, following an 11-day trial that ended on Thursday.