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Jihadi John’s ISIS ‘Beatles’ fear ‘fate worse than death penalty’ in US’s ‘Hell on Earth’ supermax prison

TWO members of the infamous ISIS “Beatles” fear a fate worse than death in a US supermax prison dubbed “hell on earth”.

El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey – known as “George” and “Ringo” – finally will be extradited to the US as prosecutors agreed they will not be put to death.

ISIS fanatic Kotey revealed both he and Elsheikh are living in fear as they face potentially being shipped to ADX Florence – also known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies”, reports the Mirror.

The terrorist said being locked up in a US jail would be the “worst thing that could happen”.

ADX Florence has a reputation as one of the US’s toughest jails as prisoners are locked up alone for 23 hours a day in 12ft by 7ft cells without windows.

Beds are concrete slabs with mattresses on top, the brick buildings are surrounded by razor wire, guards patrol with attack dogs and marksmen stand watch.

It houses some of the world’s most infamous criminals and terrorists, including drug baron El Chapo, hate preacher Abu Hamza, and shoe bomber Richard Reid.

No one has ever escaped the jail since it was built in the late 1980s, and it is one of the highest security complexes in the world.

And if the terrorists do not behave they could face being banished to H-unit, an even more secure and darkened part of the prison.

Kotey moaned: “I have already served four years, maybe five. I was told I was in a kill or capture list after my name and picture was put out in the media.

“It has not been easy for me.

“Shafee was also asked about it too –he said he would not like to spend time in an American prison. No, that would not be good.”

Kotey and Elsheikh face being shipped to the US any day now after an agreement was reached with Britain.

The UK Supreme Court had ruled it would be unlawful for Britain to provide evidence to a state that could use it to execute a prisoner.

So while the “Beatles” will escape the death penalty, they may face a lifetime behind bars at ADX Florence.

It is believed the gang are behind 27 killings, including the beheadings of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning along with American journalist James Foley.

Along with Kotey and Elsheikh, there was also Mohammed Emwazi, “John”, and the final member of the “band” is believed to have been Aine Davis, “Paul”.

“John” was killed in an airstrike by the US in November 2015, while “Paul” was jailed in Turkey in May 2017.

ADX Florence’s prisoners have to eat in their cells as food is passed through a steel slot in the door, and they only get three showers a week.

Lags do have a tiny TV, but what they watch is strictly controlled and they only allowed to watch it at certain times.

The one hour they get outside the cell is spent in a “recreation cage” with a pull-up bar which is only big enough to walk 31 steps in a circle.

At least 70 per cent of inmates suffer from mental health issues and most are serving multiple life sentences.

Once a month prisoners get to call a relative for just 15 minutes.

A former warden of ADX once described as a “clean version of hell” and one inmate claimed some prisoners sit in total darkness.

US officials were reportedly determined that both men should face charges in an American courtroom

US State Department officials say Kotey “likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding” in his role as a jail guard.

And similar allegations are made against Elsheikh who “was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions”.

Kotey and Elsheikh were detained in North Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in January 2018.

The men were transferred to US custody last October as Turkey invaded Syria to attack Kurds who have been battling the Islamic State alongside American forces.

Kotey is believed to have lived in West London until 2009 when he travelled to Gaza in an aid convoy – with his family “deeply distressed” by his turn to terror.

Elsheikh also grew up in West London but traveled to Syria in 2012, previously working as a mechanic and being described as a QPR fan.

After their arrest both claimed they joined the terrorist group for “religious reasons” and were stripped of their right to be a UK citizen.

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