British terror suspect Alexanda Amon Kotey, who was accused of beheading Western hostages for Islamic State, has pleaded responsible to eight prices in a US court docket.
Kotey, who grew up in London, appeared on the US District Court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, the place he pleaded responsible to:
• 4 counts of hostage taking leading to demise
• Conspiracy to commit hostage taking leading to demise
• Conspiracy to homicide United States residents exterior the USA
• Conspiracy to offer materials help to terrorists – hostage taking and homicide – leading to demise
• Conspiracy to offer materials help to a delegated international terrorist organisation leading to demise
District Decide TS Ellis learn out the costs and instructed Kotey he confronted life in jail after the US authorities agreed to not search the demise penalty as a part of a deal to safe his extradition.
Kotey stated he understood.
The 37-year-old was considered one of 4 IS militants nicknamed “the Beatles” by their captives as a result of their accents.
The group was made up of ringleader Mohammed Emwazi (generally known as Jihadi John), Aine Davis, El Shafee Elsheikh and Kotey.
They have been accused of murdering numerous Western and Japanese captives, together with Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.
The slayings have been broadly broadcast in graphic element.
Relations of the American victims – journalist James Foley, journalist Steven Sotloff and assist employees Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller – have been at court docket however prosecutors stated they didn’t want to converse.
The indictment says that Kotey and Elsheikh have been radicalised in London earlier than leaving for Syria in 2012 as “main individuals in a brutal hostage-taking scheme” which concerned murders, mock executions, shocks with Tasers, and bodily restraints.
The group was accused of kidnapping the captives and interesting “in a protracted sample of bodily and psychological violence” in direction of them.
Emwazi was killed in a 2015 drone strike, whereas Davis is serving a jail sentence in Turkey.
Kotey and Elsheikh have been captured in Syria in 2018 by the Syrian Democratic Forces, as they tried to flee to Turkey.
There isn’t a information of a plea deal in Elsheikh’s case and he’s at the moment scheduled to go on trial in January.
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