Isis 'Beatles' arrests: Former UK troop commander suggests Britain may not interrogate captured jihadists

El Shafee Elsheikh is one of the two terrorists apprehended (Facebook)

El Shafee Elsheikh is one of the two terrorists apprehended (Facebook)

Friday, February 9, 2018

The former commander of UK troops in Afghanistan has suggested Britain may refrain from joining the interrogation of the captured jihadis known as 'The Beatles'.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, the final two members of the British terror cell at large, have been captured by US-backed Kurdish troops, raising the possibility that they can provide information on hostages such as journalist John Cantlie.

But Richard Kemp told Julia Hartley-Brewer the UK Government will be reluctant to assist the Kurdish interrogation, or even ask questions, "in case [the Kurds] use the kind of techniques they are very likely to use."

Kemp - who also served in Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland - added that, by joining such an interrogation, British forces would lay themselves open to criminal prosecution, and until we can resolve that situation it is extremely difficult to get involved.

The interviewee lamented the fact that  "we want to protect the human rights of terrorists above the human rights of their victims."

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