Aine Leslie Davis, 38, was held at Luton Airport on Wednesday evening after he arrived in the United Kingdom on a flight from Turkey. He was taken to a south London police station, the Met said in a statement.
Davis appeared on Thursday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, where he was remanded in custody. He did not enter a plea.
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said that it had “authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Aine Leslie Junior Davis for terrorism offences in 2014, and after being deported to England by Turkish authorities,” secondo PA Media. The spokesperson added that Davis was charged with terrorism offenses and possession of a firearm for a purpose connected with terrorism.
Davis was alleged to have been part of the “scarafaggi” cell at his trial in Turkey in 2017. Il gruppo, which got its name because of the members’ English accents, attained notoriety for their brutal beheading videos of hostages.
He denied being part of ISIS during the trial. “I am not ISIS. I went to Syria because there was oppression in my country,” Davis told the court in 2017.
The cell’s ringleader, Mohammed Emwazi, widely known as Jihadi John, would front these videos, often delivering a message to Western leaders, before murdering his victims. He was killed in a drone strike in 2015.