Ministerial disquiet and questions over the adequacy of the UK justice system have been triggered by reports that the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has dropped objections to Daesh* terrorists facing the death penalty in the United States.
Public officials, counter-terrorism experts and human rights organizations have rushed to voice their concerns over the alleged decision by Mr. Javid to abandon Britain’s position on the death penalty in the case of Alexanda Kotey and Shafee El-Sheikh.
They were members of Daesh, which is infamous for its cruelty, with the two being known as ‘The Beatles’ because of their British accents.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is reported to have told the US attorney general that the UK no longer requires assurances that they won’t be executed if found guilty.
“I am of the view that there are strong reasons for not requiring a death penalty assurance in this specific case, so no such assurances will be sought. I have instructed my officials to set out the terms of our assistance and to work with your officials to action the request. As you are aware, it is the long-held position of the UK to seek death penalty assurances, and our decision, in this case, does not reflect a change in our policy on assistance in US death penalty cases generally, nor the UK Government’s stance on the global abolition of the death penalty,” Mr. Javid wrote in a letter to US Attorney…