Posted on May 29, 2019
Islamic State fighter Alexanda Kotey has been speaking about his time as a hostage-keeper while part of the terror gang known as “The Beatles”.
Kotey, who was raised in the UK, said he discussed Islam and politics with western hostages held in Syria.
Speaking to ITV News, Kotey listed the names of some of the hostages, including US citizen James Foley, who was beheaded in 2014.
He told the broadcaster:
“There was no dialogue specifically… detail, generally speak about Islam, speak about politics if there was ever… opportunity to speak.”
Kotey claimed he joined IS “as a regular fighter, then it was indirectly introduced to us that there was prisoners within the Islamic State, they have taken western prisoners”.
The broadcaster claimed Kotey had also confessed to helping to arrange a terror plot in west London.
He gave instructions to Tarik Hassane, ITV said, regarding a weapon to be used in a plot which identified the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks at White City and Shepherd’s Bush police station as possible targets. Hassane was given a life sentence in 2016 for plotting to kill soldiers, police officers and civilians in a series of Islamic State-inspired drive-by shootings.
ITV News quoted Kotey, who was speaking in Arabic, as saying: “I was the one who talked to him (Hassane) and I was the one who arranged for him to have a gun with a silencer.”
Kotey and Elsheikh have been stripped of their British citizenship and the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute them in the UK.
The pair are accused of belonging to a cell which also included Mohammed Emwazi – known as “Jihadi John” – who was killed in a US air strike in 2015, and Aine Davis, who has been jailed in Turkey.
The group is suspected of involvement in the beheading of 27 people, including British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and US citizens Mr Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig.