A member of the bloodthirsty ISIS group called “The Beatles” could return to Britain as part of an extraordinary plea deal.
Alexandra Coty, 37, known as “Ringo” in a four-member terror cell, made the remarks after admitting all charges against her during a hearing in Virginia, USA.
Born in West London, Coty pleaded guilty to torturing ISIS, including four Americans, and aiding and abetting prisoners.
Under an agreement reached with the prosecution, Coty is expected to spend 15 years in prison in the United States before being extradited to Britain.
He will also face charges of kidnapping and murder of hostages in Britain.
However, the UK will have to agree to accept the quota, which will also have to admit to British crimes.
The move is likely to be complicated by the fact that the UK has stripped Koti – as well as several other British ISIS suspects – of their citizenship.
Asked if he had pleaded guilty to eight counts in front of him, the Westminster-born jihadist replied: “Yes.”
He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to terrorists.
He told the court: “I left the UK with the belief and understanding that the Islamic concept of armed jihad is a legitimate reason.”
Bethany Haynes, whose father David was killed by a terrorist group, welcomed Coty’s confession, but begged him to give us the closure we desperately need and tell us what happened and my father Where are the remains of
Application for father’s remains
The parents of the American victims made the same request.
Telegraph. It is understood that the UK government will likely refuse to return any of Koti’s request and that it has no intention of restoring his citizenship. However, they could be under pressure from the United States.
The government only allowed Koti and his ally ISIS “Battle” Shafi’i Sheikh to stand trial in the United States on the condition that the US Attorney General agree to abolish the death penalty in the case.
He and his London ally Shafi’i al-Sheikh – allegedly part of the group – were caught trying to hide outside the country as the IS caliphate collapsed in 2018.
No alterations were made to Sheikh’s request yesterday, raising the possibility that Koti could provide evidence against his former fellow IS gang member.
I left the UK with the belief and understanding that the Islamic concept of armed jihad is a legitimate reason.
The pair are on trial for involvement in the murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and aid workers Peter Cassig and Kayla Mرller.
He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder against American citizens abroad and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
Coty faced a 24-page indictment containing a long list of tortures, accusing him and the sheikh of being held hostage.
It included an electric shock with a teaser, forcing the hostages to fight each other and a 20-minute beating with sticks and waterboarding.
The United States has advised British officials who will not seek the death penalty against its prosecutor Koti or Sheikh.
The group, including Muhammad Emwazi – or “Jihadi Jan” – was known for its brutal brutality, which led to the beating, torture and mock execution of foreign hostages.
Emwazi was seen slaughtering hostages in several videos, including British aid workers David Haynes and Alan Henning. The accent heard in the clips gave the cell its name.
The terrorist was killed in a US drone strike in Syria in November 2015.
Ain Davis – who left Britain in 2013 to fight in Syria – is believed to be the fourth member of the group.
He was sentenced in Turkey in 2019 to seven-and-a-half years in prison for being a member of a terrorist organization.
Coty Shepherds grew up in Bush, West London, and is described as having a Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot background.
The jihadist, believed to be around 37 years old, had converted to Islam at a young age.
It is not clear when he escaped in the evening, but his family said last year they were “extremely upset” when he was exposed as one of the horrific four.
He is thought to have lived in West London until 2009 when he traveled to Gaza in a relief convoy.
In an interview with Sky News from a Kurdish-controlled Syrian prison, Koti likened the execution of unarmed prisoners to coalition airstrikes, saying the victims were “casualties.”
Claiming to have joined ISIS for “religious reasons”, Sheikh said: “We do not in any way justify any act of Islamic State. It is not my responsibility to justify or condemn it.
“As a British citizen, when the UK commits some war crimes and you say, ‘But I didn’t sign up for it, you don’t go around.’
The killer couple was detained in January 2018 by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria.
The SDF actually arrested the two on suspicion of being foreign fighters and handed them over to US Special Operations Forces.
The Americans then verified their identities with fingerprints and other biometric measurements.
But in July 2018, it was revealed in a leaked Home Office report that the UK was ending its need to reassure them that they would not be executed if found guilty – US Justice for Couples Will pave the way to face.
Other documents state that there will be no formal opposition to the individuals – who have been stripped of their British citizenship – and sent to Guantanamo without trial.
A week later, it was reported that Shafi’i Sheikh and Alexandra Amon Koti had expressed their grief and anger at being deprived of their right to be British citizens.
Speaking to an Associated Press reporter, Coty groaned: “I found it strange that they could really do that, revoke someone’s citizenship.
“I was born in the UK … my mother was born in the UK. I have a daughter there in the UK.”
In a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel in August 2020, US Attorney General William Barr said “time is of the essence” and that further delays were an injustice to the families of the victims.
The ruling could allow the UK to begin sharing evidence with federal prosecutors in the United States about any possible cases against Shafi’i Sheikh and Alexandra Coty.
The first British court ruling barred the sharing of evidence without US assurances that the death penalty was off the table.
The couple was transferred to US custody in October 2019.