British Isis 'Beatle' shows no remorse for violence and defends slavery in new interview

El Shafee Elsheikh defended slavery in an interview (Picture: AP)
El Shafee Elsheikh defended slavery in an interview (Picture: AP)

One of the members of the notorious Isis group dubbed “The Beatles” has shown no remorse for its violence and defended slavery in a new interview.

Captured Briton El Shafee Elsheikh denied being involved in beheadings and torture and refused to answer specific questions about the terror group.

Elsheikh, a former mechanic from White City in west London, was interviewed in Kobani, Syria, by Jenan Moussa, a reporter with Arabic-language Al-Aan TV.

The “Beatles”, so-called because of their British accents, are accused of carrying out on-screen beheadings in 2014 of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, as well as US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

They are also accused of torturing more than 20 western hostages in Raqqa with Tasers, waterboarding and mock executions.


Elsheikh and another “Beatle”, Alexanda Kotey, were captured at the beginning of this year trying to flee to Turkey.

The cell’s leader, Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John”, was killed in a US-led coalition drone strike in Syria in 2015.

Another “Beatles” member, Aine Lesley Davis, was convicted in Turkey last year and sentenced to seven years in prison.

El Shafee Elsheikh, one of the alleged Isis “Beatles” members (Picture: AP)
El Shafee Elsheikh, one of the alleged Isis “Beatles” members (Picture: AP)

In is interview, Elsheikh said several times: “I reserve anything about my time in Isis for the legal process.”

But he said: “Just because America decided to abolish something does not mean that everyone has to run behind America,” he said.

“Islamic texts have spoken about slavery and rights of a slave. There is a whole jurisprudence about slavery and the rights of slaves and the rights of slave owners.”

Asked what he thought of the group’s nickname, he said: “I don’t think John Lennon would like it much.”

He said: “I didn’t burn anybody, nor did I give anybody a trial and nor did I chop anybody’s head off so that’s an accusation that needs to be proved.”