Commit jihadi murder and get out of jail? That seems to be the case in Europe this past week.
First came the shocking news that prosecutors would not charge the the killer of 65-year old Sarah Halimi, a Jewish woman in Paris, with murder.
Halimi, a kindergarten teacher, was killed by Kobili Traore after Traore broke into Halimi’s apartment, beat her while reciting Quranic verses and then threw her off the balcony.
Psychiatrists contend that Traore was suffering a severe psychotic episode after smoking massive amounts of cannabis. Traore said he was not aware of his actions when he broke into Halimi’s apartment. Rather, “I felt persecuted. When I saw the Torah and a chandelier in her home I felt oppressed. I saw her face transforming,” he said.
Some of the psychiatrists that examined him said he was partially aware of his actions while others claim he was totally unaware.
Yet, as one lawyer for Halimi’s family commented, such a pass would set a terrible precedent: “You’re saying that people can walk free after carrying out criminal action just because they were allegedly not aware of the effects of drugs or other substances? Will this also apply to drunk drivers who kill children on the road?”
At a previous hearing, another lawyer for Halimi’s family asked Traore himself whether or not he should be tried for murder. “Do you think you should be tried and get a sentence for what you have done?” he asked, to which Traoré answered “yes,” until his lawyer shut him down, saying, “Since when does the accused decide if he should be tried?”
The court will rule on December 19 on whether or not Traoré should face trial at all and for what charge.
London Bridge Attacker Was Jihadi Let Out of Prison Early
The London Bridge attacker who stabbed two people to death and wounded others on Friday was freed from prison after serving just six years of a 16-year prison term for plotting with eight others to bomb London landmarks including the stock exchange, the American embassy, Boris Johnson’s house (who was then mayor of London) and Westminster Abbey.
With his fellow jihadis, Usman Khan, 28, fundraised and recruited for a terror camp in Kashmir that he planned to build on land owned by his parents. The camp was to be disguised as a Muslim school. The plan was that “students” would return to the UK and commit terrorist attacks.
Ironically, at the time of the rampage, Khan was attending a “prisoner rehabilitation” event sponsored by Cambridge University and was due to speak about his own “rehabilitation.”
Khan was released from prison a year ago and was still wearing an electronic monitoring tag at the time of the attack.
This is unbelievable. The Jihadi shot dead on #LondonBridge was not only a convicted terrorist who had been released on a tag but he was a guest of a Cambridge University sponsored conference in London today on “prisoner rehabilitation”. You just couldn’t make this stuff up! 😱 pic.twitter.com/40oO2JZHXY
— David Vance (@DVATW) November 29, 2019
One of the victims killed in the attack was Jack Merritt, 25, the course co-ordinator for Learning Together, an education program run by the Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.
Other former criminals attending the program as well as a prisoner on a furlough helped tackle and subdue Khan until police arrived.
Khan’s release, was unfortunately, not atypical of the European justice system.
Watch footage of police and the attacker:
— briohny (@justbriohny) November 30, 2019