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Islamic State 'Beatles' duo: UK 'will not block death penalty'

Islamic State 'Beatles' duo: UK 'will not block death penalty'

Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces
The UK will not block the death penalty in the case of two men accused of being Islamic State members, a leaked letter from the home secretary has said.In the letter to the US attorney general, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, Sajid Javid said the UK would not ask for "assurances" over Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh.The duo, from west London, were captured in Syria in January.The BBC's Frank Gardner said he had confirmation of the UK's stance.Our security correspondent added that the UK still had a "long-standing opposition" to the controversial US military prison Guantanamo Bay and still wants it closed.
He said if the pair - who are accused of being the last two members of an IS foursome dubbed "The Beatles" - are sent to Guantanamo Bay, the UK will not share intelligence for the trial. But if they go to a civil trial, the UK will.
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