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IS ‘Beatles’ suspect faces terror charges

A suspected member of the Islamic State cell known as “The Beatles” has been charged with terrorism offences in the UK.

August 11, 2022
11 August 2022

A man accused of being a member of the Islamic terror cell known as The Beatles has appeared in a UK court.

Aine Davis, 38, spoke briefly to confirm his name and date of birth when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Davis, originally from west London, was arrested at Luton Airport on Wednesday evening after being deported to England by Turkey, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

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Aine Davis has appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (PA/Nick Ansell)

He has been charged with possession of a firearm for terror purposes, and two charges relating to funding terrorism, after a friend allegedly tried to take 20,000 euro to Syria.

The charges relate to alleged offending in 2013 and 2014.

Islam-convert Davis, who wore a grey long-sleeve T-shirt and grey trousers, was remanded in custody.

He did not enter any pleas and will next appear at the Old Bailey on September 2 for a pre-trial hearing.

Aine Davis, allegedly one of the members of the Islamic State cell known as “The Beatles.” (PA/Metropolitan Police)

He is said to have denied being part of The Beatles cell – so called because of their English accents – which tortured and beheaded western hostages in Syria.

Ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, widely known as Jihadi John, was killed in a drone strike in 2015.

Londoner Alexanda Kotey was jailed in the US in April for his part in the torture and murder of American hostages.

His co-defendant, El Shafee Elsheikh, is awaiting sentence.

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