December 8, 2021


Beyond law

James Foley’s mom in court as Brit pleads guilty for son’s beheading

“Chilling” is how Diane Foley explained becoming in a courtroom with 1 of the Islamic Point out users dependable for beheading her son.

Alexanda Anon Kotey, 37, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, to his part in capturing, torturing, holding for ransom and executing journalist James Foley, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and 3 other American hostages.

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James Foley was a journalist functioning in Syria to report on the conflict and humanitarian disaster there in November 2012, when he was captured. He was detained till he was publicly killed at age 40 on Aug. 19, 2014.

John and Diane Foley, parents of slain journalist James Foley, stand before the news media following a hearing at the U.S. Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Alexanda Anon Kotey, 37, a British national admitted in a federal courtroom near the nation's capital that he played a leadership role in an Islamic State scheme to torture, hold for ransom and eventually behead American hostages. Kotey pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him at a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Diane Foley is widely known nationally and globally as an advocate for hostages. Even though touring dwelling on Friday, she took time with her husband, John, at her facet to for a cellular phone interview about her practical experience in courtroom.

How did it feel emotionally to be in the courtroom?

“It was chilling for me,” she mentioned, noting Kotey “seemed sideways” at her and her relatives at just one position. “I felt a chill go by my full body. This gentleman was so nonchalant. He just stated, ‘Yeah, I did it.’ He showed no regret. He did not look pressured.”