A U.S. federal court on Friday, April 29, sentenced a member of the Islamic State (IS) group of kidnappers to life in prison. Alexandre Cote, 38, former British national, He pleaded guilty in SeptemberI accept responsibility for the deaths of four American hostages in Syria and the abduction and torture of about 20 Westerners.
El Shafi el-Sheikh, a member of this cell who was arrested along with him by Syrian Kurdish forces in 2018, was convicted after a rigorous trial in April, exposing their tragedy in broad daylight. His sentence will be handed down on August 12.
The two men, whose death sentences were commuted due to a deal with London, appeared in court on Friday in Alexandria, near Washington, where relatives of their victims were able to speak directly with them.
“You kidnapped, tortured and murdered good and innocent people and now you have to live with it for the rest of your life.”Britain’s Bethany Hines was started by the daughter of one of the victims. “You both lost!” ⁇The young woman was joined by David Haynes, an aide who was beheaded by Mohammed Emwazi, a third member of the Beatles who was killed in a drone strike in 2015.
The nickname was given to three jihadists who grew up and intensified in London by their hostages because of their British accent. They left for Syria in 2012. In a statement, Alexandre Kotte called on ISIS to fight President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “The Islamic view of armed jihad is very valuable and a legitimate cause”.
Alexandre Kotte and El Shafi’i El-Sheikh were deported from Iraq to the United States in October 2020 to appear in US court. They were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces in January 2018 and handed over to the US military in Iraq.
They were active in Syria from 2012 to 2015, and detained at least 27 journalists and humanitarian workers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand and other countries. Russia. A dozen people were hanged and their deaths were featured in IS propaganda videos that shocked the world.
Among their victims was American journalist Steven Sodloff. On Friday, his mother, Shirley, repeatedly asserted the two jihadists “Look at her [les] Eyes “As she described “Unimaginable Impact” Their actions on his family. “Steven’s death is like a horror movie that aired live all over the world (…) For our family, it doesn’t happen on screen, but in our head, it happens every day.She explained to them in the hope that they would “Think every day for the rest of their lives”.
Marsha Mல்லller, whose daughter Kayla died in the chaotic situation of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s sex addict, wanted them to help her understand what had happened: “We learned some things, rape, beatings, horror and horror stories. But I want to know the whole truth even if it is hard to hear (…) I want to experience these atrocities with her. ⁇
Mohammed Emwasi, the leader of this jihadist faction, nicknamed “Jihadi John”, was killed during the US bombing of Syria in November. 2015. According to the fourth “Beatles” Ain Davis, he has been placed in Turkey. He was last convicted in a 2017 terrorism case.
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