Hammersmith man charged with terrorism

Image above: Aine Davis; photograph Met Police

Aine Davis is alleged to be a member of the notorious ‘Beatles’ terror group 

A man who is alleged to have been part of an Islamic State group, known colloquially as the ‘Beatles’, has been charged and remanded in custody in the UK.

Davis was charged upon arrival at Luton airport after his release from a Turkish jail, where he was serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for membership of the terror group.

Members of the group, labelled ‘Beatles’ because of their British accents, murdered hostages while fighting with the IS in Syria.

Davis denied being a member of the group. He remains in police custody.

Group killed 27 hostages, say US authorities

The 38-year-old was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command and taken to a police station in south London.

He was arrested in relation to offences under the Terrorism Act, 2000, including fundraising and possession of articles for terrorist purposes.

The ‘Beatles’ cell is believed to have been made up of four members – all thought to have grown up in west London – who volunteered to fight for IS in Syria and ended up guarding Western hostages.

US authorities have said the group killed 27 hostages, beheading several of them.

Davis denies being a member of ‘Beatles’ group

Davis was brought up in Hammersmith convicted and was jailed in 2006 for possessing a firearm.

After converting to Islam, he changed his name to Hamza and met Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed Jihadi John by the media.

Davis was arrested near Istanbul in 2015 and was convicted by a Turkish court two years later of being a senior member of a terrorist organisation.

At his trial, Davis admitted knowing Emwazi from praying in the same mosque in west London, but denied being his friend, or a member of the “IS Beatles” group.

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