UK-born ‘Beatle’ ISIL member sentenced to life by US court | ISIL/ISIS News


US decide grants defence’s request to suggest that Alexanda Kotey not be imprisoned in near-total isolation.

A US decide has sentenced a British-born former member of the ISIL (ISIS) cell generally known as “the Beatles” to life in jail, months after the defendant pleaded responsible to a number of counts of deadly hostage-taking and different fees.

The sentence, handed towards Alexanda Kotey by Decide TS Ellis in a courtroom in northern Virginia, close to Washington, DC, on Friday was a foregone conclusion.

However the ex-ISIL member’s attorneys had requested the courtroom to suggest that Kotey not serve his sentence in a maximum-security jail the place he could be in near-total isolation.

The decide granted the defence’s request, citing Kotey’s complying conduct since he has been in US custody in 2019, “strongly” recommending that jail authorities mustn’t confine him on the Florence ADX maximum-security jail in Colorado.

“Solitary confinement beneath circumstances corresponding to these at Florence ADX is deleterious to an individual’s psychological and bodily well being, and its use needs to be restricted to essentially the most severe circumstances the place no different circumstances of confinement will probably be adequate,” Ellis wrote in a memo earlier than the sentencing listening to.

In September 2021, Kotey pleaded responsible to “terrorism” fees and hostage-taking ensuing within the dying of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and assist staff Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.

“It is not going to be sufficient to amend the harm carried out, however by his efforts and his acceptance of his personal duty, Mr. Kotey has tried to deliver some small quantity of excellent from this gut-wrenching case,” the defence mentioned in a courtroom submitting final week.

Kotey was a part of a brutal ISIL cell that executed hostages whose members had been known as the “Beatles” for his or her British accents. The fighters have been stripped of their UK citizenship.

Mohammed Emwazi, one other member of the group who authorities mentioned personally beheaded hostages on tape, was killed in a drone assault in 2015.

Former British citizen El Shafee Elsheikh, who was captured with Kotey in Syria in 2018 and subsequently delivered to the US to face fees, was convicted of deadly hostage-taking fees earlier this month following a trial the place he denied being concerned in kidnapping and homicide. He’s scheduled to be sentenced later this 12 months.

Kotey’s attorneys have mentioned he has not solely pleaded responsible but additionally “accepted duty for his function within the Islamic State’s hostage-taking scheme that resulted within the grisly deaths of 4 People”.

“It is not going to be sufficient to amend the harm carried out, however by his efforts and his acceptance of his personal duty, Mr. Kotey has tried to deliver some small quantity of excellent from this gut-wrenching case,” the defence mentioned in a courtroom submitting final week.

ISIL managed massive swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria from 2014 till its territorial defeat late in 2017. Throughout that point, the group, which had declared a “caliphate” and impressed assaults on civilian targets internationally, attracted hundreds of overseas fighters, together with from Europe and the USA.

ISIL fighters recurrently took hostages and filmed their execution – typically by beheading – for propaganda functions. The group additionally launched a marketing campaign of massacres and sexual violence towards the Yazidis, an ethnoreligious minority in northern Iraq in 2014, which the UN has labeled as a genocide.

US forces killed ISIL’s first chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northern Syria in 2019. His successor Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was additionally killed in Syria in an analogous US operation in February.

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