‘Jihadi Ringo’, the last member of the IS cell of the ‘Beatles’ convicted in the US

The last member of the IS terrorist cell known as The Beatles was convicted in the US state of Virginia. A jury found him guilty of aiding in the abductions and deaths of four Americans between 2012 and 2015.

El Shafee Elsheikh and three others were part of a quartet known as The Beatles for their eloquent English speech. “John, Paul, George and Ringo,” as they were also known, were blamed for the deaths of at least four people: journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, who were the first to respond.

The group held prisoners in IS territory and demanded ransom or release of IS militants for their release. Some hostages were released, others executed. These executions were videotaped and used in IS propaganda films.

For life

Elsheikh (or “Jihadi Ringo”) later finds out what punishment he will receive. It can be the maximum of life. In any case, he will not receive the death penalty. The United States convinced him of the United Kingdom in which he lived.

He was arrested in Syria in 2018 and extradited to the United States. Other members of the group include Alexanda Kotey, who was sentenced to life in prison, Aine Davis, who was detained in Turkey, and Mohammed Emwazi, who was killed in a drone attack in Syria in 2015.

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