Mother of IS member loses bid to block UK evidence transfer

The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group has lost an attempt to keep the British government from sharing evidence about her son with American authorities

LONDON — The mother of a British man who is suspected in the beheadings of Westerners taken hostage by the Islamic State group lost a court challenge Tuesday to the British government’s decision to share evidence about her son with American authorities.

Elsheikh’s mother challenged British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision to provide information to U.S. prosecutors under a “mutual legal assistance” request, arguing that the move was unlawful and incompatible with data protection laws.

Judges rejected the case Tuesday, meaning that British authorities can now hand over the requested evidence to American authorities.

U.S. prosecutors notified the British government last month that they would not pursue the death penalty against the two suspects, removing a hurdle in the men’s potential prosecution. An earlier British court ruling had effectively blocked the sharing of evidence with American authorities because the U.S. had not offered assurances that the death penalty was off the table.

U.S. officials have not announced any charges against the men, but have spoken of their desire to see members of the cell face justice.

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