TWO members of ISIS’s infamous “Beatles” fear a fate worse than death in an American supermax prison dubbed “Hell on Earth.”
El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey – known as “George” and “Ringo” – will ultimately be extradited to the United States, with prosecutors agreeing they will not be put to death.
ISIS fanatic Kotey revealed he and Elsheikh lived in fear as they risked being shipped to ADX Florence – also known as “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” the Mirror reports.
The terrorist said being locked in a US prison would be the “worst thing that could happen.”
ADX Florence has a reputation of being one of the toughest prisons in the United States, as prisoners are locked up alone 23 hours a day in 12ft by 7ft cells with no windows.
The beds are concrete slabs with mattresses on top, the brick buildings are surrounded by barbed wire, the guards patrol with attack dogs, and snipers keep watch.
It’s home to some of the world’s most infamous criminals and terrorists, including drug lord El Chapo, hate preacher Abu Hamza, and suicide bomber Richard Reid.
No one has escaped the prison since it was built in the late 1980s, and it is one of the highest security complexes in the world.
And if the terrorists don’t behave, they risk being banished to Unit H, an even safer and darker part of the prison.
Kotey moaned, “I’ve already served my sentence four years, maybe five.” I was told I was on a kill or capture list after my name and photo were published in the media.
“It was not easy for me.
“Shafee was asked about this as well – he said he wouldn’t like to spend time in an American jail. No, that wouldn’t be good.
Infamous ADX Florence Inmates
TERRORISTS, gangsters, drug lords and spies are among the infamous inmates of ADX Florence.
Abu Hamza – Notorious hate preacher who organized kidnappings and set up a terrorist training camp in the United States.
El Chapo – One of the world’s most infamous drug lords, former boss of the powerful and dangerous Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.
Richard Reid – “The Shoe Bomber” is serving three life sentences for trying to blow up a plane from Paris to Miami.
Zacarias Moussaoui – Served six life sentences for his role in the September 11 attacks. Helped terrorists get money and flying lessons.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – Killed three people while planting a pressure cooker bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Theodore Kaczynski – The Unabomber carried out 16 bombings from 1978 to 1995, killing three people. Serving eight life sentences.
Robert Hanssen – Transmitted classified information to the Soviet Union, betraying dozens of American agents which resulted in some of their executions.
James Marcello – The Chicago Mafia boss is linked to at least 18 murders, racketeering, illegal gambling, loan fraud, bribery and extortion.
Dwight York – Leader of the black supremacist sect of the Nuwaubian Nation who was convicted of child molestation.
Facebook Facebook logo Sign up for Facebook to connect with Mahmud Abouhalima – Sentenced 240 years for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Kotey and Elsheikh risk being shipped to the United States a day after a deal with Britain is struck.
The UK Supreme Court had ruled that it would be illegal for Britain to provide evidence to a state that could use it to execute a prisoner.
Thus, while the “Beatles” will escape the death penalty, they risk their entire lives behind bars at ADX Florence.
The gang is believed to be behind 27 murders, including the beheadings of UK aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning as well as US journalist James Foley.
Along with Kotey and Elsheikh, there was also Mohammed Emwazi, “John”, and the last member of the “group” would have been Aine Davis, “Paul”.
“John” was killed in a US air strike in November 2015, while “Paul” was jailed in Turkey in May 2017.
ADX Florence prisoners have to eat in their cells because the food passes through a steel slit in the door, and they only have three showers a week.
Latecomers have a tiny television, but what they watch is strictly controlled and they are only allowed to watch it at certain times.
Their time out of the cell was spent in a “recreation cage” with a pull-up bar large enough to walk 31 paces in a circle.
At least 70 percent of inmates suffer from mental health issues and most are serving multiple life sentences.
Once a month, detainees can call a relative for only 15 minutes.
A former ADX director once described it as a “clean version of hell” and one inmate said some prisoners were sitting in total darkness.
US officials have reportedly been determined to indict the two in a US 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 prison guard.
And similar allegations are made against Elsheikh who “has allegedly earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions and crucifixions.”
Kotey and Elsheikh were detained in northern Syria by the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in January 2018.
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The men were transferred to US custody last October as Turkey invaded Syria to attack Kurds who were fighting Islamic State alongside US forces.
Kotey is believed to have lived in West London until 2009, when he traveled to Gaza in a humanitarian convoy – with his family “deeply grieved” by his turn into terror.
Elsheikh also grew up in West London, but traveled to Syria in 2012, previously working as a mechanic and being described as a fan of QPR.
After their arrest, both claimed to have joined the terrorist group for “religious reasons” and were deprived of their right to be a British citizen.