Last month a “French” Muslima’s treatment by the police prompted the onset of riots, carbecues, and other traditional forms of Muslim civil disobedience. It seems that Nimouna Hambili ran afoul of France’s no-burka law, and reacted strongly against being detained by police for refusing to remove her niqab.
Ms. Hambili has just been convicted and sentenced to six months in prison, of which she will actually serve half. That’s a significant sentence — harsher than those imposed on immigrant child-rapists in Germany or Sweden.
Many thanks to Sassy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|0:00||Nimouna Hambili and her lawyer this morning at the Toulouse Court House.|
|0:04||This 37-year-old woman is appearing in court for contempt,|
|0:08||rebellion, and death threats against a public official.|
|0:12||I am very angry with them, especially since I have never|
|0:16||been convicted. I have a clean criminal record, and moreover,|
|0:20||to be so impugned, to be so singled out with respect to my veil,|
|0:24||which is and remains an element of freedom of religious worship.|
|0:28||The facts go back to last month in this video filmed by an amateur.|
|0:32||In the clip, we only see in the background where the police|
|0:36||apprehend a woman in a niqab. These images went viral.|
|0:40||That evening and for four days, the areas of La Reynerie, Bagatelle,|
|0:44||La Faourette became the scene of violent clashes|
|0:48||between groups of youths and police detachments.|
|0:52||Two policemen are official witnesses. The defendant’s lawyer|
|0:56||challenges their version of the facts. We consider Ms. Hambili|
|1:00||has been subjected to police violence, and that is why a complaint has been lodged|
|1:04||in which we ask the judge for additional information, that is, not to try Ms Hambili|
|1:08||today but to appoint a judge who will carry out a thorough investigation|
|1:12||to find out what happened. The magistrates refused to hear them.|
|1:16||They sentenced her to six months, of which three months will be served in prison.|
|1:20||This is more than the prosecutor asked for. Nimouna Hambili will appeal this decision.