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France: Islamic Declaration of Faith Lands a Moroccan in Prison


An appeal hearing is set to begin Monday to review the case of a Moroccan librarian who was arrested in the French city of Lille last month for publicly condoning an act of terrorism.

French Free Speech.

via. Morocco World News

The French-Moroccan man, 59,  was sentenced to one year in prison after the police allegedly found a small flag in his bookshop bearing the Islamic declaration of faith, or Shahada: There is no god but God, and Mohammed is the mssenger of God.

For non-Mulslims, the flag might bring to mind pictures of terrorist organization the Islamic State or other extremist groups, but the Shahada is a common affirmation of faith among Muslims.

For this `act of terrorism´, the bookshop owner has been under arrest for nearly a month now and his shop remains closed until further notice.

When asked by the judge if the flag found in the entrance of his bookshop was that of Daesh,the Arabic acronym of so-called Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, or Al Qaeda, the man replied that the flag does not belong to neither one or the other. He said that they are the flags of all Muslims.

´These people have taken them saying it’s ours,´ he said. It’s not theirs. They belong to one billion Muslims. Unfortunately, we cannot do anything against them. Suicide attacks are not allowed in Islam. It is forbidden to kill innocent Muslims.´

The Moroccan librarian was arrested on January 15th in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that claimed the lives of many cartoonists and police officers.

Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the terrorist attacks.

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  • The greenmantle

    French police have no sence of irony . Best to avoid them at all costs . My French gf who never gets close to comitting a crime is scared stiff of them and she is white middle class now for a black/ arab working class young man they and its always a they because usually they are at least three of them must appear a scary sight .
    Sir David

  • Salaams to all,
    The article refers to him in several places as a librarian.
    He is not.
    He is a bookseller; the article gets it right several (other) times.
    I suspect the difficulty crept in for translators of the French “libraire” which, although related to our word librarian does not mean librarian.
    Mr. Weppe is correct in asserting that the man told them among other things that he is Bin Laden. I did not, however, read that he “snarled” at them.
    My French is also very rusty so maybe I didn’t pick up on that.

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  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Sociopaths such as the French police that killed Remi Fraisse a 21-year old was part of an environmental group which protested the construction. Or sociopaths such the French police that used water cannons to break up the crowds of demonstrators who were carrying banners reading “No firearms,” and “End to the license to kill”?

  • Laurent Weppe

    Yes, the same french police force which, unlike its american counterpart is not filled to the brim with sociopathic bullies and whose corrupt agents do not enjoy virtual immunity, which makes on average french cops’ testimonies much more credible than, say, whatever’s spewed by Joe Arpaio’s underlings.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    The same French police force whose captain, a lieutenant, a brigadier and major were arrested for raping a Canadian tourist who also happened to be a cop. That police force?

  • Laurent Weppe

    The cops

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    The French Inquisition going full throttle. Or as they say in France, “Get the Colonial troops to man the trenches the Germans are attacking”.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    “He also snarled back at policemen who came to interrogate him: which is the real reason he was arrested: telling cops “I am Bin Laden” and “You may find a AK-47 in my shop”,”

    According to whom?

  • Laurent Weppe

    I’d say that snarling as cops (assuming they are doing their job correctly and are not uniformed bullies, of course) does justify arrest. The problem is that the courts seem hellbent about sentencing the librarian for apology of terrorism (instead of contempt for law enforcement) despite flimsy evidences.

    Fortunately, the librarian’s attorney is has provided a much more cogent defense than his client, so despite the prosecution requiring one year of prison, the librarian still has a chance to avoid being sent in prison for a crime he probably didn’t commit.

  • mindy1

    Pathetic >:(

  • mindy1

    That is stupid to do, but still not a reason for arrest

  • NotAMuslamic

    If he spent enough time on youtube he probably would have known better.

  • Laurent Weppe

    Several french news sites reported it.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Where did you hear this? The article makes no mention of it.

  • Laurent Weppe

    He also snarled back at policemen who came to interrogate him: which is the real reason he was arrested: telling cops “I am Bin Laden” and “You may find a AK-47 in my shop“, even if the remarks were meant to be sarcastic, is not the smartest thing to do.

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