Eight Members of ISIS Execution Cell Traveled on Galloway ‘Aid’ Convoy to Gaza
As many as eight known or suspected terrorists, including an ISIS gang terrorist responsible for beheading western hostages, were on an ‘aid’ convoy to Gaza organised by George Galloway, the controversial former British MP.
The former MP for Bradford West’s Viva Palestina convoy took Alexanda Kotey from west London to Gaza. The group also included a former Guantánamo Bay detainee who is now fighting with ISIS, a former Taliban fighter later convicted of trying to recruit undercover officers to join the jihad in Afghanistan and two suspected figures from a network linked to al-Shabab, the Somali Islamist militia.
Kotey, 32, was this week named alongside Aine Davis, 31, as the two west London accomplices and longstanding friends of Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS butcher known as Jihadi John, who appeared in a series of propaganda videos showing the severed heads of British, American and Japanese hostages. The three captors, who brutalised and humiliated their victims, were dubbed The Beatles due to their distinctive English accents. Kotey was thought to be “Ringo”, and Davis was thought to be “George”, who survivors say was the most sadistic.
The families of the two British men murdered by the gang have called for Davis, who was captured in Turkey 24 hours before Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in November, to be sent back to Britain. They said he should be tried for the murders of David Haines, originally from Holderness, East Yorkshire, and Alan Henning, from Eccles, Greater Manchester.
Dragana Haines, 44, said Davis should face trial for the murder of her husband at the earliest opportunity. “I would prefer it if he was taken back to the UK,” she said. “I don’t trust Turkey.”
Mr Galloway went to Gaza in 2009 with a convoy of 110 vehicles and at least 300 volunteers. The politician has said through a spokesman that he has no recollection of meeting Kotey. There is no suggestion that he knew that any of the men had extremist links, and some had not yet committed any crime or been linked to radical Islam.
The convoy also included Amin Addala, another west Londoner who was linked to Emwazi in court documents from 2007. A second member of the group, Reza Afsharzadegan, also from west London, was also in the convoy.
A manifest also lists Munir Farooqi, a former Taliban fighter who tried to recruit undercover officers. Jamal al-Harith, released from Guantánamo Bay in 2004, travelled with the Manchester section of the convoy. He has since emerged in Isis-held Syria.
Stephen Gray, a former RAF serviceman from Manchester who tried to join Isis, was also on the manifest along with two other men who cannot be named.
A spokesman for Mr Galloway said a group from Bradford were approved by police. He said: “If anything this is a failure on the part of the security services. This was a high-profile event.”