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Ex-hostage wants British ISIS kidnappers put on trial in UK

LONDON - Former Islamic State hostages and families of the group's victims are urging Britain and the United States to put two recently captured extremists on trial, arguing that denying them justice will fuel the hatred and violence they supported.

 

French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was held by the men and their comrades for 10 months, said he wants justice following the arrest
of the two Britons, who were part of the notorious cell dubbed "The Beatles." Henin said the men should be tried in the UK, not shipped to Guantanamo Bay, because revenge will just breed more violence.

 

"What I'm looking for is justice and Guantanamo is a denial of justice," he told The Associated Press on Friday. "There hasn't been a single trial in 16 years there....Guantanamo was actually one of the reasons for their engagement in extremism, in jihad. So if we perpetrate this kind of atrocity, we are not helping our quest for justice."

 

US officials have confirmed that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, who grew up in London before traveling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, were captured in early January in eastern Syria.

 


First published: 02.09.18, 18:15