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News in brief: UK acted unlawfully over Daesh ‘Beatle’, court rules

Seized: El Shafee Elsheikh PICTURE: ENTERPRISE

THE government’s decision to share evidence with US authorities about two alleged Daesh terrorists without seeking assurances they would not face the death penalty was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of being part of a group of four executioners — dubbed The Beatles by fellow jihadis because of their British accents — who killed high-profile western captives on camera in Syria. The pair were captured by Syria’s Democratic Forces in January 2018, sparking an international row over whether they should be returned to Britain for trial or be sent to face justice in the US. Elsheikh’s mother, Maha Elgizouli, brought a challenge to the decision of the then home secretary, Sajid Javid, to share evidence with the Americans. Announcing the Supreme Court’s decision, Lord Kerr said Mr Javid had breached data protection laws. ‘The decision was based on political expediency,’ he said.

Turkey charges 20 with journalist’s murder

‘Dismembered’: Jamal Khashoggi PICTURE: AFP

TURKEY has charged 20 Saudis — including two former aides of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The prince’s former advisers, Saud al-Qahtani and Ahmed al-Asiri, are accused of ‘instigating a premeditated murder with the intent of causing torment through fiendish instinct’, according to chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan’s office. Life sentences are also sought for 18 other Saudi nationals charged with premeditated murder. Mr Khashoggi, a US resident, has not been seen since he walked into his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Turkish officials allege he was killed by a team of Saudi agents and then dismembered with a bone saw. Riyadh insists the kingdom is the place for a trial and has charged 11 people. It is not clear if Turkey will try the suspects in absentia.

Fashionista Tan has an Eye for cooking as he bags the Celebrity Bake Off crown


TAN FRANCE shows his delight as he is named star baker in the latest Great Celebrity Bake Off episode. The Queer Eye fashion expert, 36, beat fellow contestants including comedian Joel Dommett with a cake resembling a wrinkly version of himself, after being asked to bake his greatest fear. The win ‘means so much to me’, he said.

Tyson furry… boxing hares slug it out in mating bout


SNAPPER Alister Kemp captured this ringside view of a pair of mad March hares ‘boxing’ in the Cairngorms National Park. ‘It was intense,’ Mr Kemp, 54, of Evanton, Easter Ross , said of the mating ritual.

Mum-to-be struck with screwdriver

A WOMAN who struck her pregnant neighbour in the stomach with a screwdriver and shouted ‘die!’ has been jailed. Nicole Campbell attacked Donna Fearn last Halloween, Dundee sheriff court heard. Her husband James had branded Ms Fearn’s partner Jamie Stevens a ‘junkie’, leading to a verbal exchange. Later that night, the married couple visited their neighbours. Ms Fearn, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, answered the knock and grabbed Campbell’s hair. The 27-year-old responded by biting her and punching her repeatedly in the stomach before using the screwdriver. She was jailed for 22-and-a-half months and her husband, also 27, got 36 months for knocking out Mr Stevens with a mallet. Both couples ended up in hospital.