Alleged member of IS ‘Beatles’ charged in UK with terrorism

London — An alleged member of an Islamic State group cell nicknamed “The Beatles” who tortured and killed Western hostages was charged in Britain with terrorism offenses after being extradited from Turkey on Thursday.

Iain Davies, 38, was arrested at Luton Airport in north London on Wednesday night after arriving by plane from Turkey and charged under the Terrorism Act, the Metropolitan Police Service said.

During a court appearance on Thursday, Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring ordered Davis to be held in custody until his next court appearance on September 2.

A decade ago, when IS controlled large parts of Syria and Iraq, about two dozen Westerners were dubbed “The Beatles” by their captors because of their British accents. Several detainees died in gruesome beheadings broadcast online, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Britain’s David Haynes and Alan Henning.

Davies spoke briefly during a brief hearing at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court to confirm his name and date of birth. He was not asked to file a plea.

Prosecutors say he is charged with possession of firearms for terrorist purposes and two charges related to funding terrorism, after a friend allegedly tried to take 20,000 euros to Syria. The charges relate to alleged crimes in 2013 and 2014.

Davies was arrested in Turley in 2015 and convicted in 2017 of links to the Islamic State group. During his trial there, he denied being one of the “Beatles”.

The four alleged members of the group knew each other in west London before moving to the Middle East to join IS. Mohammad Emwazi, the executioner and nicknamed “Jihadi John”, was killed in a drone strike in 2015.

Two others, Alexandra Cote and El Shafi Elsheikh, were captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in 2018 and are in prison in the US.

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