One of UK-born, former ISIL members known as ‘The Beatles’ faces charges related to torture and beheading of hostages.

Incriminating statements made by a British national charged with a significant role in the torture and beheading of American and British hostages held by ISIL (ISIS) can be used against him at trial, a judge in the United States has ruled.

El Shafee Elsheikh sought to have statements admitting his role in the scheme tossed out, claiming they were obtained through torture after he was captured.

But US District Judge TS Ellis, in a ruling issued this week, said his claims were unsupported by testimony taken during a three-day hearing last year.

Elsheikh also objected to the fact that defence interrogators questioned him 26 times before he was advised of his right to remain silent.

But Ellis said interrogators used a legally permissible two-step interrogation process, in which a “clean team” of

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