High court told home secretary abandoned policy to avoid White House ‘outrage’

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, decided to co-operate with US authorities in the prosecution of two alleged Islamic State executioners, without assurances they would not face the death penalty, in order to avoid “political outrage” in the Trump administration, the high court has been told.

The allegation came as the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, and Mr Justice Garnham heard an application on behalf of the mother of El Shafee Elsheikh over the legality of the Home Office’s agreement to provide evidence to US prosecutors.

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