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ISIS ‘Beatles’ Land in U.S. to Face Charges for American Hostage Executions

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The Justice Department charged two of the Islamic State “Beatles” in connection with the torture and murder of four Americans captured in Syria, it announced Wednesday.

Alexanda Kotay and El Shafee Elshaikh, British nationals who became part of an infamous cohort of British ISIS hostage-takers known as the Beatles, are expected to appear before a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia later on Wednesday.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, the federal prosecutor in the district, said each of the eight counts against Kotay and Elshaikh carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. The Justice Department declined to seek the death penalty in order to receive evidence related to the Beatles from the British government, which stripped both Kotay and Elshaikh of their citizenship and which opposes capital punishment.

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