An English member of Isis’s cell, known as the “Beatles” and notorious for his brutal kidnapping and decapitation of hostages, was found guilty in an American court.
Alexander Kotei, 37, pleaded guilty to federal charges of hostages that led to death, a plot to commit murder against U.S. citizens abroad, and a plot to provide material support to terrorists. ..
Many families of victims killed by the British Jiheidis cell were reportedly named The Beatles for their accent and appeared in court to monitor the proceedings in Alexandria, Virginia.
“A certified member of Isis, Alexander Kotei, has responded to all charges filed against him in the United States for his participation in the horrific hostage program that resulted in the deaths and deaths of four U.S. citizens. “The British and Japanese citizens in Syria have pleaded guilty today,” said Raj Palek, a US deputy lawyer and one of the chief prosecutors in the case, in a statement. “He agreed to spend the rest of his life in jail.”
Parek added: “Four American victims in this case, James Wright Foley, Keila Jean Müller, Steven Joel Sotloff, and Peter Edward Cassig, are journalists and humanitarian workers at the forefront of a dangerous conflict. was. .
El Shafi Elshake, a member of Isis “The Beatles” by the name of the group: “I don’t think John Lennon wants that much.”
“They endangered their lives, shed light on the darkest corners of the globe and helped those in need. The values they anthropomorphized to the end were the terrorist organizations that killed them. It is an antithesis of what was embodied by. “
Kotey and his associates were acquitted by El Shafee Elsheikh of The Beatles at a hearing last October. However, he pleaded guilty to each of his leveled charges in a move showing that a British-born militant had made a judicial deal with a prosecutor.
New York Times A family of four victims of the cell reported sitting in federal court. Federal courts were frequently used to attempt terrorist and espionage cases.
He said he always knew that the hostages would be killed if the US government did not meet their ransom demands, and emailed it to his family. If they did not meet those demands, it would “eventually result in either indefinite detention of those foreign prisoners of war or their execution.”
As part of the judicial transaction, Kotei reportedly had to meet if he wanted to talk to the murdered hostage family. After he worked in the United States for 15 years, the UK is allowed to try him.
The UK was involved in the deaths of several other humanitarian activists, including Alan Henning, a British taxi driver who provided aid, David Haines, a Scottish aid worker, and two Japanese. Blame the cell as.
In a post-hearing statement, James’ mother, Diane Foley, said the plea had arrived on the anniversary of Sotrov’s death.
Regarding the death of her son and the deaths of Mueller, Sotrov and Cassig, she said, “Thanks to everyone involved in arresting Alexander Kotei, investigating crimes against humanity, and asserting his direct responsibility. There are. ” And countless other innocent people. “
She added: “This accountability is essential … if our country wants to stop the capture of hostages,” Foley said. “I would like to take this moment to urge the government to prioritize the return of all US citizens abducted or illegally detained abroad. The attack on journalists is the greatest ever. The hostage crisis in the United States is a fad of silence and is barely noticed. “
Kotey was captured in Syria by Kurdish-backed militias in 2018, along with Elsheikh, when Western and Kurdish troops confronted Isis and began to recapture the land taken by militants in Syria and Iraq. Was done. The so-called “calafate”.
Mohammed Mwaji, also known as Jihadi John, another member of the cell, was killed in an airstrike in Syria in 2015.
Aine Davis, the fourth member of the group, was held in Turkey on suspicion of terrorism.