A United States court has sentenced this Friday to life in prison the jihadist El Shafee Elsheikh, one of the four members of an Islamic State group baptized as the ‘Beatles’, for his responsibility in the kidnapping and murder of several hostages, including the journalist James Foley.
The Virginia court that has examined the case has handed down eight life sentences against the defendant, after he was found guilty in April. Another cellmate, Alexanda Kotey, already received a life sentence in the United States in 2021 after assuming the charges against him.
The Prosecutor’s Office has defended the forcefulness of this Friday’s sentence, given how “serious” and “sadistic” the crimes committed were. The ‘Beatles’ collaborated with a network of prisons in which 26 civilian hostages from twelve different countries were held.
In addition to Foley’s name, among the victims of this group are also those of three other Americans: aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller and journalist Steven Sotloff. Foley’s mother has described Friday’s sentence as “an empty victory” and has remembered the four victims, according to CNN.
The leader of the Islamic State ‘Beatles’, Mohamed Emwazi, was killed by an American drone attack seven years ago, while this same month the British authorities arrested another of the group’s members, Aine Davis, after being deported by Turkey.