Friday, 23 March 2012
President Nicolas Sarkozy announced in the immediate aftermath of 23-year-old Merah's attacks and violent end that France would take measures to stamp-out extremist proselytising in prisons.

"We cannot allow our prisons to become seed-beds for the indoctrination of ideologies of hate and terrorism," the president said, demanding a "thorough reflection" on measures to control the threat.

But most experts who spoke Friday said the young man had taken time in prison to radicalise himself, rather than falling victim to recruiters.

Christian Etelin, a lawyer who represented the self-declared Al-Qaeda follower during his earlier teenage career as a petty criminal, said after he was killed in a shoot-out with police that he had become radicalised in jail.

Merah, now 23, was jailed at 19 for a series of thefts and violent crimes and spent two years in jail. After his release he headed to Afghanistan and Pakistan where he claims to have received training from Al-Qaeda.

"It was during his time in prison that he began to radicalise himself," prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters this week.

And the head of France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini told the daily Le Monde: "According to statements he made during the siege, he self-radicalised in prison, on his own, reading the Koran.

"He said, in any case, everything is in the Koran. So, he was not a member of a network," he said.
Source: France24


Maria José said...

Why Not Blame Islam?

...He doubles down, suggesting that "many people kill in the name of jihad but they do not represent Islam or Muslims..." Really? How does West know this? Did someone tell him that people like Mohammed Merah don't represent Islam? Because Merah says he does. Osama bin Laden said he did, before he met his end. Thousands upon thousands of Muslims do claim with no compunction whatsoever that these kinds of attacks are justified by Islam...

Maria José said...

Woman died after Muslim nurse refused to help as he was praying

An elderly woman was left on the floor at a care home for up to ten minutes because a nurse was praying, an inquest heard

Anonymous said...

Mohammed did what his allah said, and then had it written down.

Therefore Muslims who do not act as mohammed did,i.e., continue with the Jihad against Infidels, are not good muslims. They are "shirking" their duty as good Muslims.

Anonymous said...

Mohamad Merah, Man of the West By Caroline B. Glick

But dig a little deeper and it becomes clear that justice has not been served. Indeed, it hasn't even begun to be addressed. The killer Mohamed Merah was not a lone gunman. He wasn't even one of the lone jihadists we hear so much about. He had plenty of accomplices. And not all of them were Muslims.

An analysis of the nature of his crime and the identity of his many accomplices must necessarily begin with a question. Why did Merah videotape his crime? Why did take the trouble of strapping a video camera to his neck and filming himself chasing eight-year-old Miriam Monsonego through the school courtyard and shooting her three times in the head? Why did he document his execution of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his two little boys, three-year-old Gavriel and six-year-old Aryeh?

The first answer is because Merah took pride in killing Jewish children. Moreover, he was certain that millions of people would be heartened by his crime. By watching him shoot the life out of Jewish children, they would be inspired to repeat his actions elsewhere.

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