UK discussing future of ISIS Beatles with US

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that the UK and US are discussing the fate of the two men who were detained in Syria last month on suspicion of terrorist activity.

Known as the Islamic State Beatles due to their London accents, Allexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh have reportedly been stripped of their UK citizenship having been strongly suspected of killing Western hostages.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood has recently said that ‘terrorists from any origin are transparently and fairly held account for their actions’, calling for the two men to be tried in an international criminal court.

Alternatively, the suspects could be sent to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay or put on criminal trial in the US or at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, which can prosecute people for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression.

Rudd said: “We're absolutely committed to making sure that they are tried. These people should face the full force of the law. I can't be drawn at the moment into…where that will take place. But I am certain, because we'll be working with the Americans to ensure this, that they will face justice.”

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