A member of the infamous ISIS execution squad dubbed “The Beatles” is scheduled to plead responsible Thursday to fees associated to the “brutal hostage-taking scheme” in Syria, courtroom data present.
Alexanda Amon Kotey, 37, is certainly one of two British nationals delivered to the US final yr to face fees related to torture and behead Western hostages in Syria, together with American journalist James Foley.
The Specifically Designated World Terrorist is now scheduled to seem in US District Court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a “change of plea listening to,” federal courtroom data present.
The itemizing doesn’t, nonetheless, element the precise cost or fees to which Kotey is predicted to confess. The Justice Division beforehand promised to not search the loss of life penalty, as a way to safe his extradition.
The indictment accuses him of a “brutal hostage-taking scheme” that concerned “kidnapping and torturing Americans and nationals of different international locations” as a part of a “propaganda marketing campaign” for ISIS.
They embody the deaths of 4 Individuals — journalist James Foley, journalist Steven Sotloff and assist staff Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller — in addition to European and Japanese nationals.
Kotey was charged alongside fellow British citizen El Shafee Elsheikh. Nothing within the courtroom data signifies a plea is being modified by Elsheikh, who’s scheduled to go on trial in January.
Earlier than their arrests, they admitted in interviews that they had been a part of the high-profile squad dubbed “the Beatles” due to their British accents. In addition they whined about how onerous it could be to get a good trial.
Mohammed Emwazi — who turned generally known as “Jihadi John” — was killed in a 2015 drone strike. A fourth member is serving a jail sentence in Turkey.
Prosecutors say the boys labored carefully with a chief spokesman for IS who reported to the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S. army operation final yr.
Raj Parekh, performing U.S. Lawyer for the Japanese District of Virginia and likewise a member of the prosecution group on the Kotey and Elsheikh circumstances, declined remark Tuesday night.
Geremy Kamens, a federal public defender who represents Kotey, additionally declined remark.
With Submit wires