British ISIS terrorist Alexanda Kotey jailed for life in the US for killing western hostages in Syria and told to “burn in hell” by the daughter of one of his victims.
The hotheaded jihad didn’t respond and walked out of the courtroom after being forced to listen to agonizing casualty impact testimonies.
Bethany Haines – whose father David, a former RAF Scot, was executed while doing relief work in 2014 – approached Kotey, pointed at him and told him to “rot in hell”.
London-born Kotey was one of the so-called Islamic State fighters, nicknamed The Beatles by their prisoners because of their English accent.
Kotey, along with ringleader Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, and El Shafee Elsheikh were responsible for the brutal murders of several western hostages, including Alan Henning and David Haines.
Bethany said she could never forgive her father’s “ruthless” killers.
“These two men are selfish and only care about themselves and until they accept their actions, admit what they have done and apologize, there is no chance that I will forgive them. I have no sympathy for them,” she told the court.
She added: “Celebrating birthdays or Christmas is no longer a pleasant experience for me.
“My father was supposed to celebrate with me, but instead he lies in a mass grave in the hills of Raqqa.
“He wasn’t laid to rest, he was disposed of like a garbage bag.”
She said she “struggled to wonder why monsters like these two men are on this earth but my father isn’t.”
Kotey was emotionless as Judge Thomas Selby Ellis returned his verdict in the District Court of Alexandria, Virginia, while Kotey’s family looked on from the public gallery.
The 38-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison for each of the eight counts to which he has pleaded guilty and which are running concurrently.
Judge Ellis described the ailing jihadist’s actions as “outrageous, violent and inhumane”.
Of Kotey’s victims, the judge said, “These weren’t prisoners of war, these weren’t soldiers in the field…they were soldiers forever.”
Athea Haines, Haines’ other daughter, told the court she was only four years old when her father was killed – she is now 11.
The girl sobbed into her mother’s arms as she said: “I miss him so much. Sometimes I get sad when I see my friends from school and club laughing and playing with their dads.
“It’s something I’ll never have a chance to do again. It’s not easy being the kid in school whose father was killed by terrorists.”
Meanwhile, Shirley Sotloff, the mother of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff, approached Kotey and Elsheikh to speak to them, prompting them to look at them.
She said: “The sickness in our stomachs the minute we wake up and the psychological trauma we go through over and over again.
“We are forever broken by the loss of our beloved son and defined as the horror movie people.”
Kotey pleaded guilty last September and apparently agreed to cooperate with US authorities as part of his plea deal.
His charges included four counts of hostage-taking resulting in death; conspiracy to commit a hostage situation resulting in death; conspiracy to murder US citizens outside the country; conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, kidnapping and murder resulting in death; and conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, resulting in death.
Kotey admitted that he left the UK with the belief that “the Islamic concept of armed jihad is a valid and legitimate ground and means by which a Muslim defends his fellow Muslim against injustice”.
He also admitted to capturing hostages and said when that ended he transferred to IS’s recruiting department.
His charges related to the killing of four US hostages – journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and development workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
Kotey’s co-defendant Elsheikh was convicted earlier this month and is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
Emwazi was killed in a drone strike in 2015 and Davis was imprisoned in Turkey in 2017.
Kotey grew up in Paddington, West London and is said to be of Ghanaian and Greek Cypriot background.
The jihadist, who is believed to be around 36, converted to Islam as a teenager.
It’s not clear when he fled to Syria, but his family said in 2019 that they were “deeply distraught” after he was revealed to be one of the cruel foursome.
He is believed to have lived in west London until 2009, when he traveled to Gaza in an aid convoy.
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