WASHINGTON-Court on Wednesday bans British government from providing U.S. prosecutors with evidence of two Islamic state militants suspected of beheading western hostage, and man is convicted in U.S. He said he could face death penalty if he was taken.
The UK Supreme Court ruling blocks authorities’ earlier decision to cooperate with the United States by sharing information about Alexander Kotey with El Shafi El Sheikh.
Two years ago, a British man captured by a Kurdish-led U.S.-backed militia was sent to a Syrian American aid worker, journalist and other brutal ISIS group known for beheading and savage treatment of hostages. You have been accused of participating.
The court decision has been a setback for the US Department of Justice, and authorities have been investigating the killings for many years. US officials have not issued charges against the men, but have publicly spoken of their desire to see members of the cell known as the “Beatles” face justice because of the British accent. Men were detained in the United States last October as Turkey invaded Syria and attacked Kurds fighting ISIS with US troops.
“We are disappointed by the UK Supreme Court’s decision and are considering the next steps in place,” said Justice Department spokesman Mark Rymondy. “We will continue to pursue the UK’s way forward, consistent with our common responsibility to ensure that those conducting terrorism are held liable for their crimes while the investigation of these individuals continues. Work with the other person. “
It was not clear what these next steps would be, or if the decision could urge the Department of Justice to remove the possibility of death from final prosecution. Last year, attorney general William Bar said in a closed meeting with the relatives of the victims that he would like to see militants being tried.
The United States and United Kingdom governments have agreed to share documents, records, and other evidence in criminal investigations. In 2015, the Department of Justice called for evidence gathered at the “Beatles”, stating that Britain was conducting its own investigation into Americans killed in Syria.
Although the death penalty has been abolished in the UK, British authorities are willing to provide US counterparts with evidence against El Sheikh and Kotey without being assured that men will not be executed when convicted.
British authorities said it was incorrect to withhold evidence in view of the frightening nature of the allegations, but some lawmakers called on the government to retain its position. In July 2018, the UK Home Office temporarily suspended cooperation with US authorities after requesting a review of a decision allowing El Sheikh lawyers to bring men to justice in the United States.
Sir Brian Kerr, a judge at the British Supreme Court, said that the crimes accused of men are “ scary ” and “ most of the worst qualities ”, but submit evidence abroad He said that it was illegal. Can be used to track death penalty charges.
“It means that no further assistance should be given for the purposes of a lawsuit against El Sheikh in the United States without the assurance of an appropriate death penalty,” wrote Carr.
Mohammed Mwaj, the British leader of the “The Beatles” cell, also known as “Jihadi John,” was killed in a 2015 drone strike.