The Trump administration is open to taking the death penalty off the table for British Isil suspects “The Beatles” – which the UK had objected to – paving the way for a trial in the US, The Telegraph understands.
Bill Barr, US Attorney General, this week signalled a change of opinion on the issue to senior officials, according to a source with knowledge of a meeting which took place on Wednesday.
Mr Barr met with the officials at the White House and said he would be willing to make the concession to move along the case, which he described as a “priority”.
The issue has been a sticking point between the two allies. Britain’s Supreme Court in March ruled that it was unlawful for authorities to cooperate with the US in a high-profile terrorism case without first being assured that Londoners Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee ElSheikh would not face the death penalty, which the UK objects to.
The UK earlier this month told their American counterparts that they had suspended sending over all evidence in criminal cases because the US still uses capital punishment.