Mother of man killed by ‘ISIS Beatles’ says one almost apologized when she visited him in prison
A mother visited the ISIS kidnapper responsible for the kidnapping of her murdered son in prison – and said he almost apologized to her.
Diane Foley visited Alexanda Kotey, 38, in his Virginia prison after the so-called ISIS Beatle was sentenced to life in prison in April for helping kidnap, torture and execute hostages in Syria, including Diane’s journalist son James, The Times of London reported.
Speaking at a conference at King’s College London, Foley said Kotey was “very close” to apologizing for his role in the beheading of her son at the hands of notorious ISIS assassin Jihadi John, and that “he is deeply remorseful.” shown. †
Kotey – who is currently incarcerated in Alexandria, Virginia – agreed to visit relatives of his victims as part of a plea deal that would see him transferred to a British prison after serving 15 years in the US.
Diane Foley’s son, James Foley, was kidnapped and beheaded by an ISIS group known as the ‘ISIS Beatles’
England native Alexanda Kotey was part of a group of terrorists nicknamed ‘ISIS Beatles’ by their captors because of their British accents
Foley was beheaded by Jihadi John in August 2014, with clip of the execution sparking worldwide disgust
After visiting him in prison, Foley said Kotey seemed to be working his way to feel sorry for his actions.
‘He wrote me a few letters full of regret and his attempt to justify his actions,’ Foley, ‘And for me forgiving yourself, forgiving others, is always a long process. It’s not going fast, but yes, he’s come very close.’
“Who knows if he’s telling me the truth, but at least it gave him something to think about, to recognize what he did to people who were really innocent victims themselves.”
Foley said the terrorist explained to her how he was radicalizing and that he brought up the mistreatment of Muslims.
“I was trying to be a good listener, trying to hear his side of things and how he radicalized and how he came to see our innocent citizens as evil and the cause of all the pain and suffering they may have felt,” she said. “It is very harrowing to see how everyone lost. When hate reigns, everyone loses.
“It’s been a very, very sad experience to be honest, but I’m hoping that maybe eventually we can find some reconciliation.”
James Foley was kidnapped by the terror group known as the ISIS Beatles. He was beheaded in a video the terror group circulated on the internet
Alexanda Kotey pleads guilty in April to his role in the kidnapping, torture and execution of at least six journalists and aid workers
Kotey is one of four ISIS killers nicknamed ‘The Beatles’ by their captors because of their English accent.
They shocked the world in 2014 when they released a video showing the beheading of 40-year-old journalist James Foley, in which they demanded that President Obama launch airstrikes on Islamic State in Iraq.
Kotey did not commit the beheading of Foley himself, but pleads guilty to involvement in the deaths of him and at least five other journalists and aid workers.
El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, was convicted along with Kotey and will be sentenced in August.
The group’s leader, Mohammed Emwazi – who became known as ‘Jihadist John’ and was the killer of Foley – was killed in an airstrike in 2015.
A man believed to be a fourth member of the group, Aine Davis, was arrested in Turkey in 2017 and sentenced to seven years in prison.
David Haines (left) and Steven Sotloff (right) were both captured and beheaded in 2014 after being held by a four-member British terrorist group dubbed ‘The Beatles’ for their British accents. Members of the cell buried Foley’s body, but burned Sotloff’s because the ground was too dry
Aid worker Kayla Mueller, 26 (left) was forced to be a sex slave before her execution, and American aid worker Peter Kassig (right) was beaten and tortured before being executed
Not all relatives of Kotey’s victims were so open to listening to the terrorist.
After pleading guilty in April, Bethany Haines, the daughter of journalist David Haines – who was also beheaded by the terror group – walked up to Kotey and told him, “Why don’t you rot in hell.”
Haines said she could not forgive Kotey and his accomplices because she felt they “had shown no remorse for their actions.”
She said: ‘These two men are selfish and only care about themselves and until they accept their actions, admit what they have done and apologize there is no chance they will be forgiven by me. I don’t feel sorry for them’.
Haines said she “struggled as to why monsters like these two men are on this Earth and my father isn’t.”
Haines’ brother Michael said his murdered relative was a “force for good” who had an “unwavering desire” to help people.
Michael Haines added that he forgave the terrorists so that they would no longer have “power over me.”