A US court has sentenced a UK-based Islamic State member to life in prison for his role in an infamous hostage-taking terror cell.
Last September, Alexanda Kotey, pled guilty to eight criminal offenses related to the kidnapping, torture, and murder of IS prisoners in Syria.
As judge Thomas Selby Ellis announced his decision, Kotey, a native of London, was emotionless.
“Egregious, brutal, and cruel,” said Judge Ellis of his conduct.
“These were not prisoners of war, these were not field troops…they were soldiers for good,” the court stated of Kotey’s victims.
Kotey “appears to have some regret,” according to the court, and has promised to meet with the relatives of his victims.
“Perhaps you can repay there if there is an afterlife,” the judge said.
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Kotey refused to speak in court, stating that he had nothing more to add to a letter he had written to the judge before to the sentence.
According to the hostages, Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh, and Mohammed Emwazi were members of an IS cell they dubbed “the Beatles” after the band because of their British accents. In the year 2015, Emwazi was assassinated in Syria.
A fourth guy, Aine Davis, is suspected of being a member of the cell. Davis was convicted of being a senior member of a terrorist organization and is presently imprisoned in Turkey.
Journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as humanitarian workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, are thought to have died as a consequence of the group’s acts.
The murders of British charity workers David Haines and Alan Henning, as well as Japanese journalists Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, are also being blamed on them.
In January 2018, Kotey was kidnapped by a Kurdish group in Syria and turned over to US troops in Iraq, before being transferred to the US to stand trial in 2020.
Elsheikh, 33, was also present during the sentencing. He was recently convicted of fatal hostage kidnapping and maybe even conspiracy to commit murder.
Judge Ellis finally ordered flynn to be present today at the hearing on Friday so that mourning relatives there in Alexandria, Virginia courthouse would not have to repeat their testimonies.
Family members spoke of the fear they felt while their loved ones died were held captive, as well as the grief they felt when they died.
James Foley’s brother told the court on Friday morning that he felt sorry for the militants for “succumbing to hatred.”
“Spend the remainder of their time in jail to reflect,” Michael Foley said that his brother would really want them to do.

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