One of the UK-born, former ISIL members known as ‘The Beatles’ is facing charges related to torture and beheading of hostages.
Incriminating statements made by a British citizen accused of a significant role in the torture and beheading of American and British hostages held by ISIL (ISIS) could be used during the trial against him, a judge in the United States certainly.
El Shafee Elsheikh sought to reject statements acknowledging that he had acknowledged his role in the scheme, claiming that it was obtained through torture after his capture.
But U.S. District Judge TS Ellis said in a ruling issued this week that his claims were not supported by evidence taken during a three-day trial last year.
Elsheikh also objected to defense interrogators questioning him 26 times before being informed of his right to remain silent.
But Ellis said interrogators used a legally permissible two-step interrogation process, in which a “clean team” of interrogators entered after those 26 interviews, informed him of his rights and gathered information only from those subsequent interviews.
Elsheikh is one of four ISIL members nicknamed “the bugs”By their prisoners because of their English accents.
It also accuses him of conspiring in the deaths of British and Japanese citizens, including aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and journalists Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto.
A co-accused, Alexanda Kotey, pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, in a plea agreement that would impose a mandatory life sentence but include a provision that could allow him to serve his sentence in the UK after 15 years in prison in the US .