A British convert to Islam who was convicted in Turkey of being a part of the Islamic State group was sentenced to eight years in jail in Britain on Monday after he pleaded responsible to terrorism fees
ByThe Related Press
November 13, 2023, 2:06 PM
LONDON — A British convert to Islam who was convicted in Turkey of being a part of the Islamic State group was sentenced to eight years in jail in Britain on Monday after he pleaded responsible to terrorism fees.
Aine Leslie Davis, 39, was deported from Turkey in August 2022 and detained on arrival at London’s Luton Airport after serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for membership in IS.
He pleaded responsible final month to having a firearm for terrorism functions and two fees of funding terrorism.
Prosecutors stated Davis, who left his house in London and travelled to Syria in 2013 to hitch the armed battle there, enlisted his spouse to steer a buddy to carry him 20,000 euros ($21,400) to help his trigger. The buddy was stopped at Heathrow Airport in 2014, and Davis’s spouse, Amal El-Wahabi, was convicted of funding terrorism.
Davis’ protection lawyer, Mark Summers, issued an apology to the Syrian individuals on his behalf, saying he and others like him “brought about extra hurt than good.”
British authorities had lengthy suspected that Davis was a part of an IS cell often called “The Beatles” — so referred to as due to the boys’s British accents — that tortured and killed Western hostages in Syria a decade in the past, when IS managed a big swath of Syria and Iraq.
Davis has denied being related to the cell.
Two members of the “Beatles” cell, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, have been captured by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in 2018 and are serving life sentences within the U.S. A 3rd, Mohammed Emwazi, was killed in a drone strike in 2015.
Summers asserted through the trial that prosecutors within the U.S. determined final 12 months they might not search to place Davis on trial as a member of the cell resulting from inadequate proof.
The choose stated he was sentencing Davis for the offenses on the indictment and never for the reported allegations.