The United States Attorney General William Barr assured this Wednesday that the last two “Beatles” of the Islamic State terrorist group, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, will not be subjected to the death penalty if the United Kingdom produces the evidence necessary so that they can be tried out on US soil.
Barr has sent a letter to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel saying that although they both “participated in the beheading of several Western citizens, including journalists and humanitarian workers, they would both be exempt from the death penalty.”
In this regard, prosecutors have promised to find “decisive” evidence against the two defendants, who have now been stripped of their British citizenship. “Time is of the essence,” said Patel, despite insisting that “a greater delay in getting a sentence against him would be an injustice for the victims’ families”.
Barr has stipulated that both of them will be taken to Iraq for trial if the UK fails to provide the necessary evidence before October 15. “There is no point in having her overseas for longer,” he said before declaring that “a final decision must be made on this matter.”