Trial begins for man charged in NH journalist James Foley’s death

A trial is underway for one of the men accused of taking part in the capture and murder of New Hampshire journalist James Foley. The trial of El Shafee Elsheikh began Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Among the charges against him are hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to murder.The other alleged ISIS member charged with Foley’s death, Alexanda Kotey, has already pleaded guilty to the eight charges against him and is scheduled to be sentenced in one month. Prosecutors said Elsheikh is implicated in the deaths of four Americans in Syria, including Foley. Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, said she will be called to testify in the trial. She said she’s grateful to the FBI, the Department of Justice and other agencies for their efforts and said the men responsible for the death of her son and others must face justice. “This trial is very important, because we must hold people who do this accountable , “she said. “If there’s ever to be any deterrence, there’s got to be something that makes people hesitate before they take American citizens.” She said she expects the trial will last about a month. One hundred potential jurors were questioned at the federal courthouse on Tuesday and opening statements are expected Wednesday.Elsheikh and Kotey were captured in 2018 and then extradited to the United States.Elsheikh faces a potential life sentence. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in order to get his extradition to the United States.

A trial is underway for one of the men accused of taking part in the capture and murder of New Hampshire journalist James Foley.

The trial of El Shafee Elsheikh began Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Among the charges against him are hostage-taking resulting in death and conspiracy to murder.

The other alleged ISIS member charged with Foley’s death, Alexanda Kotey, has already pleaded guilty to the eight charges against him and is scheduled to be sentenced in one month.

Prosecutors said Elsheikh is implicated in the deaths of four Americans in Syria, including Foley.

Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, said she will be called to testify in the trial. She said she’s grateful to the FBI, the Department of Justice and other agencies for their efforts and said the men responsible for the death of her son and others must face justice.

“This trial is very important, because we must hold people who do this accountable,” she said. “If there’s ever to be any deterrence, there’s got to be something that makes people hesitate before they take American citizens.”

She said she expects the trial will last about a month.

One hundred potential jurors were questioned at the federal courthouse on Tuesday and opening statements are expected Wednesday.

Elsheikh and Kotey were captured in 2018 and then extradited to the United States.

Elsheikh faces a potential life sentence. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in order to get his extradition to the United States.

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