ISIS Beatles: Government right not to block death penalty, High Court rules

The High Court has rejected a challenge over the UK Government’s decision to share evidence with US authorities about two suspected Islamic State terrorists without seeking assurances they will not face the death penalty.

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of belonging to a brutal four-man cell of Isil executioners in Syria, nicknamed The Beatles because of their British accents, responsible for killing a number of high-profile Western captives.

The pair were captured in January last year, sparking a row over whether they should be returned to the UK for trial or face justice in another jurisdiction.