Infamous ISIS ‘Beatle’ Disappeared from U.S. Prison System
A member of one of the notorious terrorist cells in ISIS known as “The Beatles” is making the news again. Alexanda Kotey, 39, was serving a life sentence for the kidnap, torture, and murder of western journalists and aid workers in Syria.
Now this “ISIS Beatle” has disappeared from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Fox News Digital confirmed Thursday.
Kotey was sentenced in April after being transported to the United States for trial in 2020. He was captured by Kurdish forces in 2015.
The U.S. Justice Department said that he and his three partners participated in the “seizure, detention and hostage negotiations” of four Americans, including James Foley, Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Kassig. All four of these Americans were killed by ISIS under al-Baghdadi’s leadership. There were also 23 other victims between 2012 -2015.
Kotey pled guilty to eight counts of hostage-taking and terrorism-related counts resulting in death. But he is no longer being held at the Pennsylvania high-security Canaan prison and records indicated that he was not in BOP custody. His release date was listed as “unknown.”
A spokesperson for BOP confirmed that Kotey “is not currently in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons” but said there could be “several” explanations for his recent disappearance.
Randeliee Giamusso stated Fox News Digital that said inmates who were previously in BOP custody may not have completed their sentence or may be outside of the system for court hearings, medical treatment, or other reasons. Some reports indicated that he might be assisting with investigations in other cases, but this could not be verified.
The daughter of British aid worker Scot David Haines, who was captured by Kotey before he was tortured and beheaded, told The Scottish Daily Record that she was forced to make inquiries with the U.S. Justice Department.
Bethany Haines said she did this after realizing he was no longer traceable in the federal prison system.