UK Cypriot member of IS Beatles arrested by USbacked Kurds

first_imgA UK national of Greek Cypriot origin, Alexanda Kotey, 34, was arrested by US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria on Friday, along with another man El Shafee Elsheikh.Kotey and Elsheikh were the last two members of the “Beatles” group, led by now-deceased ‘Jihadi John’,  the US State Department said.According to the Guardian, Kotey, who is of Greek-Cypriot and Ghanaian descent, is a convert to Islam, and was raised Greek Orthodox in West London.  He is known to have converted to Islam as a teenager, and to have attended the same mosque as Mohammed Emwazi, aka ‘Jihadi John’.The members of the ‘Beatles’ cell grew up in west London, and all wound up in the same cell of the Islamic State group guarding, torturing and killing hostages in Syria and Iraq.The group of four British men were radicalised in the UK before travelling to Syria, where they became infamous for their high-profile executions of Western hostages, UK media reports saidThe US State Department said, “Kotey likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electric shock and waterboarding.”He has also been accused of being an ISIL recruiter and being “responsible for recruiting several UK nationals to join the terrorist organisation.”US officials believe the “execution cell” beheaded more than 27 Western hostages and tortured many more.Spanish journalist and former hostage Javier Espinosa, told the BBC in 2017 that the group were “thugs with no knowledge of what is religion at all”.According to the British media, Kotey was described by his neighbours as a quiet man, who was dedicated to the Queens Park Rangers football club. He is also believed to be the father of two children.A former friend of Kotey told Buzzfeed in 2016 that he and his friends used to preach extremism outside the mosque.The New York Times said a US official informed them that both Kotey and Elsheikh provided their military interrogators with valuable information about the so-called Islamic State’s leadership.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

In address to Filipinos president slams authorities casual and careless approach to

first_imgAny failure by Cypriot authorities to properly investigate cases of missing persons, which in seven instances at least, led to murder by a serial killer, were down to negligence and inefficiency, not racism, an address by President Nicos Anastasiades to the Filipino community said on Sunday.He called it a “casual and careless approach”.The address was delivered by First Lady Andri Anastasiades at Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church in Limassol to mark the 121st anniversary the of Philippines Independence Day due to the president remaining incapacitated after an accident.“Although today is a day of celebration, I would like to express – yet again – the deepest condolences, both mine and of the Government and the people of Cyprus, to the families, relatives and friends of the victims of  the recent appalling crimes whose country of origins, amongst others, was from Philippines as well,” the address said.Nicos Metaxas (right) during a court appearanceThree of the seven victims of Nicos Metaxas, 35, the island’s first serial killer who was last month given seven life sentences, were Filipino woman, and one was the daughter of one of the women.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, who, needless to say, have our full support during these extremely difficult times,” the address went on.It said “these hideous crimes” did not reflect the moral values of Cypriot society, its sense of compassion and inherent respect to all those who have searched for a better future on the island and had become an integral and valuable part of life.“We feel deeply frustrated, but, above all, ashamed that the acts of a person and the disregard of human life that he showed have cast a shadow on this,” the address said. “What is most frustrating is the stance of all those responsible as regards exercising their duties in investigating the reports for missing persons, which was one of sheer negligence and inefficiency and definitely not guided by any racist motives.”The president said the government stood ready to hear any any suggestions from the Filipino community that might prove useful in improving internal procedures within the police, particularly in adopting preventive measures and improving procedures “that will allow us not to have a repetition of adopting this casual and careless approach”.For Philippines Independence Day, the president extended the Government’s and the people of Cyprus’ “heartfelt congratulations and warmest wishes”.“We also pay tribute to the active Filipino community in Cyprus, one of the largest overseas communities on the island,” the address said, estimating it at 10,000 “which throughout the years established an indispensable bond between our citizens and has contributed significantly to the development of mutual respect and understanding between our countries”.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more