Posted on Jul 23, 2018
The British government would not object to the United States seeking the death penalty against two British Islamic State militants if they are extradited to the United States, a Home Office minister has announced.
“In this instance, and after carefully considered advice, the government took the rare decision not to require assurances in this case,” security minister Ben Wallace told the House of Commons.
The captured fighters, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are suspected of being two of four militants, dubbed the “Beatles” because of their English accents, who took part in the kidnap, torture and murder of Western hostages.
This marks a major policy shift for the UK government which, since the abolition of capital punishment in 1965 (1973 for terrorist offences in Northern Ireland), has been steadfast in its opposition to the death penalty.
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