* Â “you made me do it…!”
THE use of terrifying “Nazi tactics” by authorities – such as raids in the middle of the night – had created a climate of fear among 12 alleged Muslim terror cell members and led them to get carried away and say “stupid things”, a court has been told.
Other remarks picked up in secretly recorded conversations and electronic telephone intercepts about waging jihad could be attributed to nothing more than “bravado and bluster”.
TERROR SUSPECTS: Back row from left: Shoue Hammond, Abdullah Merhi, Bassam Raad, Majed Raad, Fadal Sayadi, Ezzit Raad, Ahmed Raad and Hany Taha. Front row from left: Izzydeen Atik, Aimen Joud, Shane Kent, Amer Haddara and Abdul Nacer Benbrika.
* Benbrika’s culturally sensitive lawyer understands totally:
QCÂ van de WielÂ Â said Mr Benbrika was not the type of man to stay quiet at a time when Muslims were being killed in a number of countries, simply to avoid coming to the attention of the police.
“He is a man who says, ‘I am standing up for my religion and jihad is part of my religion and I will continue to talk about it’,” Mr van de Wiel said.
* Â We need more jihad…
Mr van de Wiel said he did not dispute Crown claims that some of Mr Benbrika’s followers gave him a pledge of allegiance.
But this pledge was not to commit an act of terrorism, rather to follow the teachings of the Prophet and was “no more” than a Christian going through a confirmation.
* Yep. “Jihad is no more than a Christian going through a confirmation.”
* Â Is this shyster sane?