The daughter of a murdered aid worker is urging a member of ISIS gang ‘the Beatles’ to tell her where her dad’s body is.
Alexanda Amon Kotey, 37, was one of a group of four militants named after the famous band by their captives due to their British accents.
The cell was allegedly responsible for the brutal killings of a number of Western and Japanese captives, including UK national David Haines, 44.
Kotey, who grew up in London, attended a two-hour change of plea hearing at US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday and pleaded guilty to eight charges.
They were four counts of hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to murder United States citizens outside of the United States, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists – hostage taking and murder – resulting in death and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation resulting in death.
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Following the hearing, Mr Haines’ daughter Bethany, 24, pleaded with Kotey to reveal where her dad’s remains are buried.
Kotey has agreed to fully co-operate with authorities as part of his plea agreement, the court was told.
Bethany, from Perth, Scotland, told the Daily Record : “I don’t think we expected him to be the one to fold. I think we were all in a bit of shock.
“But I don’t think his plea was brave or impressive. I think he has his own reasons for doing so and I think we will end up suffering long term in some shape or form.
“In my mind I think he knows where the bodies are, but he’s stating he wasn’t at the executions.
“There is no firm evidence, but I strongly believe he was there and he’s holding on to that because we can’t prove otherwise.
“I think it’s all part of his psychotic game. His plea doesn’t change anything for me.”
Mr Haines was helping refugees in a camp near the Turkish border when he was captured in March 2013.
He was held for 18 months before being beheaded by Mohammed Emwazi – aka ‘Jihadi John’ – in September 2014.
Sickening images of the killing – along with those of Alan Henning, 47, another British aid worker, and US journalist James Foley, 40 – were turned into ISIS propaganda.
Diane Foley, mother of slain Mr Foley, said it was “chilling” being in court with Kotey, and also urged the Briton to give up information about the group’s atrocities.
She told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “I didn’t get any indication he’s interested in [making amends] but I hope in time he might, just because the extent of the evil he has committed is – I just don’t know how any soul could live with all that.
“All of us would like to know where the remains of our children are.”
The cell – said to be made up of ringleader Emwazi, 27, Aine Davis, 37, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 33 – were allegedly tasked with extracting contact details for loved ones of those taken hostage.
The terrorists would then demand the release of Islamic prisoners held by the West or large sums of money in return for the hostages’ freedom.
While Kotey has now pleaded guilty, there was no update on Elsheikh, who is scheduled to stand trial in January.
Emwazi was killed by a US drone strike in 2015 while Davis is serving a sentence in a Turkish jail.
As part of the plea agreement, Kotey could be transferred to the UK to face justice in the country of his birth after spending 15 years behind bars in the US.
The court was told Kotey would plead guilty in the UK and would likely be handed a life sentence.
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