WASHINGTON, D.C. –One of the ISIS terrorists dubbed as a member of “The Beatles” has seemingly disappeared from federal custody after being sentenced to life in prison in April of 2022. So far, there has been no real explanation provided by federal authorities as to why he is no longer traceable on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
Headline-Mystery as ISIS Beatle VANISHES from US custody: 'Jihadi George' Alexanda Kotey – sentenced to life for torture and murder of western hostages – is no longer in prison, sparking confusion and fury from victim's family. pic.twitter.com/u4mJUxd9fQ
— Ron Milner (@RonMilnerBoodle) January 12, 2023
Alexanda Kotey, nicknamed “Jihadi George,” was also a member of the notorious “Beatles” due to the group’s British accents, was captured by Kurdish authorities in 2015. Kotey was wanted for the kidnapping, torture, and murder of up to twenty-seven people, including four American citizens, in the name of Islam.
After Kotey’s capture, he was transferred into federal United States Custody and held until he faced a federal judge to answer for his crimes committed in Syria in April of 2022. Kotey pleads guilty to the kidnapping, torture, and murder of eight people, including four American citizens, Peter Kassig, James Foley, Kayla Mueller, and Steven Sotloff.
Kotey was sentenced to life in prison and transferred to the high-security prison Canaan which is in Pennsylvania where he was supposed to serve out his sentence. However, as of January 12th, he is no longer listed in federal custody.
Several media outlets have sought out explanations as to why Kotey is not listed in custody by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, (BOP), but they seemingly are getting the standard answer:
“[Kotey] is not currently in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.”
While Kotey is not traceable on the BOP website, that does not mean that he has been freed. Fox News Digital spoke to a BOP spokesperson, Randilee Giamusso, who confirmed that although he is not traceable on their website, he could be in the custody of other federal authorities or receiving medical care. Giamusso said:
“Inmates who were previously in BOP custody and who have not completed their sentence may be outside BOP custody for a period of time for court hearings, medical treatment, or for other reasons.”
While there could be a reasonable explanation as to why Kotey is no longer traceable, family members of those tortured and killed by him are concerned that his disappearance from him the system could mean he is receiving preferential treatment if he was assisting in other investigations. One of the family members who are concerned is the daughter of British worker David Haines told the Record that she does not want to even think of that being a possibility.
Haines reported she spoke to federal officials who assured her that Kotey is still in federal custody and added:
“In the past, he has been traceable, as we have access to data vis the US victim notification scheme, and we at least had the reassurance that he was in a high-security facility. I don’t want to think that he has managed to negotiate his way into any kind of easy treatment on the basis of him assisting authorities or anything else.”
Ancillary Curiosity – Alexanda Kotey, aka "ISIS Beatle George" No Longer Listed in U.S. Bureau of Prisons Custody https://t.co/XobLUCAr3M
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) January 12, 2023
Kotey, who was a British citizen, provided an account as to how he came to be in Syria and a member of the notorious group, “The Beatles.” After becoming radicalized, Kotey made his way to Syria so that he could be a part of the terrorists who were fighting against the “Syrian forces of Bashar Assad.” He said:
“[Kotey went to Syria to] engage in a military fight against the Syrian forces of Bashar Assad…I accept I will be perceived as a radical who holds extremist views.”
Kotey, who pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, admitted to taking part in what he termed were “capture and detain operations” in which he would kidnap workers in the area and brutally torture them.
Kotey admitted to forcing those kidnapped to fight each other to the point of passing out as well as other forms of torture like waterboarding. The torture, according to Kotey, was done to keep the prisoners under their control and to solicit ransom payments from the victim’s home countries.
'ISIS Beatle' Alexanda Kotey disappears from US prison system records https://t.co/OuoM4oCQQQ pic.twitter.com/E3nt6UW8Dr
— New York Post (@nypost) January 13, 2023
Kotey also admitted to serving different roles in the terrorist group, ISIS. He said he worked as a sniper for the organization as well as the director of a special forces camp.
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