Alexanda Kotey, one of the “Beatles” of the Islamic State group, sentenced to life in the United States

Former British national, Alexanda Kotey had admitted responsibility for the death of four American hostages in Syria.

One of a group of Islamic State (IS) kidnappers, dubbed the “Beatles“, was sentenced Friday, April 29 to life imprisonment by a federal court in the United States.

Alexanda Kotey, a 38-year-old former British national, pleaded guilty in September, admitting responsibility for the death of four American hostages in Syria and, more broadly, for the kidnapping and torture of around 20 Westerners.

“You have kidnapped, tortured and participated in the murders of good and innocent people, and you will now have to live with this all your life”

Bethany Haines

Also a member of this cell, El Shafee el-Sheikh, arrested with him by Syrian Kurdish forces in 2018, was found guilty in April after a grueling trial and will be sentenced this summer.

Radicalization in London

The two men were present Friday in the court of Alexandria, near Washington, where the relatives of their victims were able to speak one last time. “You have kidnapped, tortured and participated in the murders of good and innocent people, and you will now have to live with this all your life.“, in particular launched the British Bethany Haines, daughter of one of the victims.

You both lost!“, added the young woman, whose father David Haines, an aid worker, was beheaded by the third member of the”Beatles“, Mohammed Emwazi, killed by a drone attack in 2015. This nickname had been given to the three jihadists, who grew up and became radicalized in London, by their hostages because of their British accent.

Active in Syria from 2012 to 2015, they oversaw the detention of at least 27 journalists and aid workers from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and Russia. A dozen were executed and their deaths were staged in IS propaganda videos that shocked the world.

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