Home secretary says UK seeks no assurances suspects would be spared execution

Two captured former Britons accused of being members of the Islamic State cell known as the “Beatles” could be sent to the US for trial, after the UK dropped its usual demand for a guarantee that the death penalty would not be imposed.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, told the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, that the UK would not demand a “death penalty assurance” in the case, and indicated he believed there was more chance of a successful trial in the US than in UK courts.

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