Alleged Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Member Set to Plead Guilty to Charges in US

Islamic State (IS) British member Alexanda Amon Kotey will plead guilty at a hearing on Thursday in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Kotey, alongside El Shafee Elsheikh, were charged with joining IS and conspiring to torture and behead American and European hostages in Syria.

Court documents indicated that Kotey has been scheduled for a change of plea hearing on Thursday but the records do not specify which charge or charges he is expected to plead to.

Kotey was part of of an IS cell composed of four British members who were nicknamed by their captives as the “Beatles” because of their accents. They are known for their extreme brutality, which includes the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven J. Sotloff for propaganda videos.

Kotey and Elsheikh were brought to the US last year to face charges in connection with the deaths of the journalists and to aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, as well as other European and Japanese nationals.

Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. counterterrorism agent, said that Kotley’s change of plea suggested that he might be willing to provide information about what happened.

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