Major ISIS prisoner no longer listed in federal custody

Bureau of Prisons won't reveal reason for absence.

Updated: January 13, 2023 - 11:32am

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

A notable former ISIS leader serving a life sentence in the U.S. is no longer listed as being in Bureau of Prisons custody, with the bureau itself refusing to reveal where the man is located. 

Alexanda Kote was sentenced to life in prison in April of last year in connection with the killing of multiple U.S. and British hostages. 

Kote—whose particular ISIS group was known as the "Beatles" due to the British accents shared by the men in it—is normally held at the Bureau of Prison's high-security USP Canaan facility in Pennsylvania. Yet the terrorist this week was found to be listed on the bureau's website as "Not in BOP custody" as of Thursday, with his release date as "unknown."

A BOP spokesman told Fox News that the bureau did not disclose specific reasons for prisoners being out of custody but that the explanation could include "court hearings, medical treatment or for other reasons."

Bethany Haines, the daughter of one of Kotey's victims British aid worker Scot David Haines, told the Scottish Daily Record that she "was assured by U.S. Justice sources that Kotey is still detained in the U.S.," according to Fox News.