A member of the notorious ISIS execution squad dubbed “The Beatles” is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to charges related to the “brutal hostage-taking scheme” in Syria, court records show.
Alexanda Amon Kotey, 37, is one of two British nationals brought to the US last year to face charges connected to torture and behead Western hostages in Syria, including American journalist James Foley.
The listing does not, however, detail the specific charge or charges to which Kotey is expected to admit. The Justice Department previously promised not to seek the death penalty, in order to secure his extradition.
The indictment accuses him of a “brutal hostage-taking scheme” that involved “kidnapping and torturing American citizens and nationals of other countries” as part of a “propaganda campaign” for ISIS.
They include the deaths of four Americans — journalist James Foley, journalist Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller — as well as European and Japanese nationals.
Kotey was charged alongside fellow British citizen El Shafee Elsheikh. Nothing in the court records indicates a plea is being changed by Elsheikh, who is scheduled to go on trial in January.
Before their arrests, they admitted in interviews that they were part of the high-profile squad dubbed “the Beatles” because of their British accents. They also whined about how hard it would be to get a fair trial.
Mohammed Emwazi — who became known as “Jihadi John” — was killed in a 2015 drone strike. A fourth member is serving a prison sentence in Turkey.
Prosecutors say the men worked closely with a chief spokesman for IS who reported to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S. military operation last year.
Raj Parekh, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and also a member of the prosecution team on the Kotey and Elsheikh cases, declined comment Tuesday evening.
Geremy Kamens, a federal public defender who represents Kotey, also declined comment.
With Post wires