A Bone Fragment From Saman Abbas?

I have reported several times previously on the case of Saman Abbas, a young Pakistani woman in Italy who disappeared and was thought to have been a victim of an “honor killing” (see here, here, here, and here). Various of her male relatives have been detained by authorities, some of them after absconding to France. However, as of my most recent post on the topic, her body had not yet been found.

All that may now have changed. A bone has been found that may be a fragment of Ms. Abbas’ skull.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from La Stampa:

Saman case: Bone fragment of human skull recovered in Lido Po. RIS [Scientific Investigation Department] trying to isolate DNA.

It may belong to the 18-year-old Pakistani girl of whom there has been no news since last May and who is believed to have been killed at Novellara, in the Bassa Reggiana region, for refusing an Islamic marriage.

December 29, 2021

The prosecutor’s office of Reggio Emilia has assigned the Scientific Investigations Department of Parma to do the analysis of a bone fragment, presumably of a human skull, which may belong to Saman Abbas, the 18-year-old Pakistani girl, of whom there has been no news since last May, and who is believed to have been killed at Novellara in Bassa Reggiana for refusing an Islamic marriage arranged with a cousin in her homeland. Reporting the news is the local edition of Resto del Carlino.

The bone fragment was discovered in the area of Lido Po di Boretto by the Carabinieri on November 3. Deputy Prosecutor Laura Galli, the assigned prosecutor of the investigation, has ordered the specialized examination to extract the biological profile of the DNA to determine whether it may be comparable to that of the young girl.

The searches were concentrated in the riparian areas of the Po after the younger brother of Saman told the investigating judge — during a preliminary hearing behind closed doors — that during a family meeting he had heard a cousin talk about “putting her in small pieces” and “throwing her away” at “Guastalla, where there is a river,” the daily reports.

The Scientific Investigation Department of the Carabinieri will also analyze clothes from Danish Hasnain, the uncle of Saman, believed to be the material perpetrator of the crime, and who is now, after being arrested on 22 September in France, in jail in Paris awaiting extradition. The clothes were seized last November 6 at Novellara, in the cottage where the entire Abbas family worked as laborers and custodians of a farm.

Five people are accused of premeditated murder, kidnapping, and concealment of a cadaver: In addition to the uncle, the cousin Ikram Ijaz is in jail in Italy. Among the fugitives, meanwhile, are the other cousin, Nomanhulaq Nomanhulaq, and the parents, Shabbar and Nazia Shaheen, who fled to Pakistan on a flight from Malpensa [Milan airport] last May 1, and of whom there is no further news.

Honor Killing in Berlin

Two culture-enriching brothers from Afghanistan who now live in Berlin are facing trial for killing their sister, whose lifestyle they disapproved of. They allegedly killed her, cut her body up, and carried the pieces in a trunk to Bavaria by train.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Berlin Morgenpost:

Murdered Afghan female in suitcase. Charges against brothers

by Philipp Siebert
December 27, 2021

The accused brothers reportedly rode to the Sudkreuz train station with the body of their sister in a suitcase. Both brothers reportedly killed their sister and took her in a trunk on the train to Bavaria.

Berlin — Five months after the death of the Afghan woman Maryam H., the Berlin prosecutor’s office has brought charges against both of her younger brothers, Sayed and Seyed H. The 26- and 22-year-old men are accused of reproaching their 34-year-old sister for minor reasons. They reportedly killed the mother of two because they did not approve of her Western life style — especially after her divorce.

According to the indictment, both brothers lured their sister to a meeting under a pretense and killed her. Maryam died from beating, choking, and having her throat slit. Then they reportedly cut up the body, packed it in a trunk, and rode in a taxi to the Sudkreuz train station. Images from a surveillance camera show both of them with the trunk upon boarding the train amidst many other passengers.

Body was found in August in Bavaria

The destination of the two alleged murderers was Neuburg an der Donau in Bavaria, where the older of the two lived. The body of the 34-year-old was discovered buried there on August 5. The two brothers have been in custody since August 3.

The three siblings came to Germany from Afghanistan as asylum seekers in 2013. Maryam H. was forcibly married at the age of just 16 and had two children by her husband. The marriage was allegedly marked by violence, and so, on 2017 she was divorced under German law and took up with another man.

Lifestyle not compatible with “archaic ideas of honor and morality”

Her brothers obviously did not want to accept that. According to the indictment, they wanted “to punish their sister, by this act, for her Western-oriented lifestyle, which did not correspond to their archaic ideas of honor and morality and their image of women.” According to earlier statements by investigators, she was especially put under pressure and controlled by one of the brothers, who also lived in Berlin.

The 13-year-old son and the 10-year-old daughter of the murder victim will appear at the trial as co-plaintiffs, whereby they will be represented by the Berlin victim attorney, Roland Weber. Weber is also the victim representative of Berlin Regional State.

A “Radicalisation Expert” Reports to the Manchester Arena Inquiry


Salman Abedi, observant Muslim, Manchester Arena bomber

A “radicalisation expert” reports to the Manchester Arena Inquiry

By Michael Copeland

The Manchester Arena Inquiry is examining the circumstances of the bombing there by the Libyan Muslim jihadi Salman Abedi that killed and maimed multiple victims, many of them children. The Inquiry has received reports from Dr. Matthew Wilkinson, billed as a “radicalisation expert”. Their own report states that there is no suggestion that Dr. Wilkinson’s reports are written from other than an entirely objective viewpoint. Is that the case?

“Radicalisation”

The UK Government’s definition of “radicalisation” is the “process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism”.

This term is used by politicians and media to create a category, the “radicalised” Muslim. This person, by inference, is thought of as different from an observant Muslim. He is assumed to have “misunderstood” his peaceful religion, and is therefore in need of being “de-radicalized” (whatever that may mean). This is not simply misleading: it is factually incorrect. The term is a trap. It sets up an artificial distinction which implicitly separates this category from mainstream Islam. It dangerously begets a subconscious assumption that ordinary Islam is calm and serene, when it is nothing of the sort.

A “radicalised” person, in the definition above, is one who espouses violence in his cause. Islam, it needs to be emphasised, mandates violence towards non-Muslims: “Kill them wherever you find them” (Koran 2:191, 9:5) is part of Islamic law. The distinction of “radicalised Muslim” from “Muslim” is bogus. Violence against kafirs is orthodox Islam, as taught in the mosques.

“Violence is the heart of Islam”
— Ayatollah Yazdi

“Islam was never for a day the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of war”
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph of Islamic State, PhD in Islamic Studies

“Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit? Yes!”
Osama bin Laden

Any observant Muslim knows that violence is commanded, and that he may be called upon to perform it. No Muslim may refute this. To do so entails denying a verse of the Koran, which immediately makes him a non-Muslim, subject to the penalty for leaving Islam — being killed vigilante-style by anyone. Such killing is free of punishment, “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller, o.8.4). So-called “radicalised” behaviour is, in fact, dutiful compliance with basic Islam.

“Radicalisation” is a fantasy fed to Western politicians and the Deep State. It is, however, a lucrative one, providing the subject matter for think tanks and taxpayer-funded programmes. For Muslims it usefully obscures and obfuscates what it is to be an observant member of Islam. In consequence it is difficult to dislodge.

Dr. Wilkinson has a distinction of his own. He is a convert to Islam. His reports are written from a Muslim viewpoint, which, it has to be said, is not “entirely objective”. In them he carefully steers the spotlight away from Islam. This is done by the artful use of doubt-casting, deflections, and selected vocabulary.

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Lynched for Blasphemy in Pakistan

The clip below shows what “due process of law” means in Pakistan.

A man from Sri Lanka was accused of blasphemy and lynched by an angry mob, who set him on fire while he was still alive. The footage, interestingly enough, was found on Twitter. It was included in this article from The Times of India.

Yog, who sent the tip about the incident, says that the victim’s name was Priyantha Kumara Dinawadhana, and he was a Buddhist.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

The text from the accompanying article:

A man in Pakistan was lynched and set on fire alive by the mob in Sialkot over charges of blasphemy. The victim was a Sri Lankan national who worked as a manager in a Sri Lankan textile firm in Pak. The workers of the factory accused him of blasphemy and attacked the man.

BBC Misinformation: Islamic State

The following essay by Michael Copeland was originally published in September 2014 at LibertyGB (as “BBC Draws A Veil Over Islamic State”), then edited in 2021.

BBC Misinformation: Islamic State

by Michael Copeland

“What does Islamic State want? They want to enforce their view of conservative Islamic traditions.” — BBC

This appallingly inadequate statement is on the BBC’s 6o-second video. It is, in fact, the only statement in it that actually answers their own question.

No, BBC, Islamic State apply Islamic law, Sharia, by force. They not only “want to” but are already doing so. To refer to Sharia as “their view of conservative Islamic traditions” is shameful, dishonest, and inadequate. No author is shown.

The BBC is being careful to draw the spotlight away from Islam itself. To throw the reader off the scent they are nourishing the propaganda line that Islamic State is not Islamic, that they are pursuing “their idea” which, we are left to suppose, is somehow mistaken. Notice that the text skillfully does not actually say so, but leaves that conclusion to be formed by the reader. There is no mention of law or religion: oh no, only of “conservative traditions”. This is an old chestnut, and a tired and worn one at that. Remember the British detective helpfully assuring the public that a murder (a Muslim honour-killing) was nothing to do with Islam (which it is), but was a product of conservative cultural practices of rural Pakistan? How touching that an English policeman be so expert on tribal practices of rural South Asia! So sensitive!

No: Islamic State is applying Islam. The leader has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, unlike Mr. Cameron, so is well-informed. He has proclaimed himself Caliph, in the same way as earlier Caliphs did. As Abu Imran (Fouad Belkacem) of Sharia4Belgium has helpfully explained, “Islam is Sharia, and Sharia is Islam.” The Caliph is enforcing Sharia, “the path of Allah.”

Sharia is as defined in the Manual of Islamic Law, drawn from the Koran and the “reliable” traditions, “Hadith”, concerning the life and sayings of Mohammed. Together these all form Islamic Law. The Koran can be consulted online and the Manual, “Reliance of the Traveller”, is available as a download.

A second piece by the BBC, “What is Islamic State?” (again, no author shown), is rather more helpful.

Author’s note: since the LibertyGB article appeared the BBC has silently changed the text of this second article. What follows relates to the original text, no longer shown.

Once again, though, it quickly steers the reader away from Islam by dictating, with no explanation, that Islamic State is “a radical Islamist group”. We can note that Islamic State does not call itself “Radical Islamist State”: no, the BBC does that for them.

“The group aims to establish a “caliphate”“. No, it has already declared one. Now for another chestnut: “the group implements a strict interpretation of Sharia”. No: there is not a non-strict or benign interpretation of “Kill”. “Kill” means kill. What the BBC means is a strict application of Sharia, “forcing women to wear veils, non-Muslims to pay a special tax or convert, and imposing punishments that include floggings and executions.” The law is there: it is just that not all Muslim societies apply it to the letter. Yet another old chestnut is rolled out: “IS members are jihadists who adhere to an extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam”. What, BBC, is the non-extreme “interpretation” of “Kill”? That is right. There is not one. This is just a device to draw attention away from Islam.

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Taqiyya at the Beeb

The two articles below about the BBC were published successively in 2013 by Michael Copeland.

BBC Fog-Making: Soldier Murder in Afghanistan

by Michael Copeland

This article was originally published at Liberty GB, 4 April 2013.

Colonel Lapan, spokesman for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff commented, “we don’t know what’s causing them [insider killings], and we’re looking at everything.” (FrontPage Mag)

In Afghanistan earlier this year (2013) there was yet another dreadful soldier murder and multiple wounding by an Afghan trainee. The BBC, in a shameful piece, “What lies behind Afghanistan’s insider attacks?”, blames a “rogue soldier”. Yet a soldier obeying instructions in his manual is no “rogue”.

Read the Koran, BBC, instead of having an unnamed author refer to unidentified “many analysts” and tipping a barrow load of red herrings such as this:

But perhaps worryingly for Nato the motivation for many of the assaults cannot be pinned down so precisely. Many analysts believe they are rooted in underlying, even subconscious, resentments that are prone to flare up and with deadly consequences.

This is fog-making, reprehensible and damaging. Completely contrary to what the author claims, the motivations can be pinned down precisely: they are in the manual revered by every dutiful Soldier of Allah, namely the Koran, the book of fighting the unbeliever. Everywhere that is not Dar al Islam, ‘The House of Islam’, is Dar al Harb, ‘The House of War’ (What the West Needs to Know). Non-Muslims are “the worst of creatures” (Koran 98:6), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22, 8:55). “Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers” (2:98), so therefore must all Muslims be also: “The disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy” (4:101). NATO, treated as an ‘occupier’, is doubly an enemy.

When a Soldier of Allah murders an infidel ‘occupier’ he is obeying the instructions in his war manual. Some 64% of the Koran concerns non-Muslims, the kafirs, and how to fight them. Islam is political: it concerns land, and involves fighting. It aims for “Mastership of the World”, as the Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Badi proclaimed in 2011.

“The mosques are our barracks,” recited Recep Tayyip Erdogan, before he was Prime Minister of Turkey, “the domes our helmets, the minarets our spears, and the faithful our soldiers.” It was to the BBC that Anjem Choudary explained: “Nothing else is mentioned more than the topic of fighting in the Koran.”

Don’t the BBC listen? Can’t they read? Do they think they know better? Or are they negligently and recklessly allowing the anonymous author to supply them with fog? Thus do they directly imperil our soldiers’ lives. Shame on you, BBC. Will you name your author? Who are the “many analysts”? Cite them. Show us where we can read their analyses.

The Koran cannot be brushed aside: it forms part of Islamic Law. To deny any verse in it calls for the death penalty (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7 (7)). Its content is billed as “true from eternity to eternity” (Sam Solomon, former professor of Shariah Law). Here are just a few of the many, many fighting instructions:

  • Kill the polytheists wherever you find them. 9:5
  • Fight those who do not believe in Allah. 9:29
  • Slay them wherever you find them. 4:89
  • Fight the idolaters utterly. 9:36
  • And that Allah may … exterminate the infidel. 3:141

Remember that when a soldier of Allah has killed infidels it was not he that did the killing: “You killed them not, but Allah killed them.” (8:17) There are instructions about relationships with non-Muslims, the kuffar (a word cognate with ‘dirt’), who are “unclean” (9:28), “the most despicable” (98:6):

  • Do not take the Jews and Christians as allies. 5:51
  • Muslims are merciful to one another, but ruthless to the unbeliever. 48:29

Osama bin Laden wrote: “Battle, animosity and hatred — directed from the Muslim to the infidel — is the foundation of our religion.”

The doctrine of “Permissible Lying” (Manual, r8.2) authorises the Muslim to maintain piously a false appearance of friendship. The revered collector of traditions, Sahih Al-Bukhari, recorded that Mohammed’s companion Abu Ad-Darda’ said, “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” Mohammed himself said, “War is deceit” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, 269). So, too, with agreements: Mohammed is quoted in the Hadith, the traditions, saying, “If I take an oath and later find something else better, I do what is better and break my oath” (see Sahih Bukhari 7.67.427). Agreements with infidels are not binding. An Afghan who appears friendly but who turns his gun on NATO personnel is no “rogue”: he is doing EXACTLY what it says in his book. This is why there should not be any joint patrols, or armed Afghans within NATO bases.

Killing infidels in a situation where the killer himself may well be killed may seem puzzling to a Western mind, but this is a main component of the motivation:

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain” (Koran 9:111).

This is the justification for the ‘martyrdom’ (suicide) bombing. The ordinary Muslim can never be sure whether his good deeds will sufficiently outweigh his bad deeds so that he will not be consigned to Hell in the afterlife. In contrast, those who “slay and are slain” are guaranteed immediate entry to Paradise with seventy-two beautiful dark-eyed girls each, perpetually virginal, and boys like pearls, where there will be wine and sumptuous fruits. In Islam’s teachings the martyr achieves his wedding in heaven. The Muslim loves death as the Westerners love life, Osama bin Laden explained.

These matters of Islamic doctrine are what are taught in the mosques. They are not surprise news to Muslims. They can be found without difficulty on the internet. These are what the BBC’s anonymous author refers to as “the complex web of factors that lead Afghan soldiers to turn their guns on their allies.”

Evidently they are not too complex for an Afghan tribesman. Shame on you, BBC.

BBC Deception

by Michael Copeland

This article was originally published at Liberty GB, 28 October, 2013

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Salah Abdeslam on Trial

Salah Abdeslam is the only surviving member of the core group of mujahideen who carried out the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris in November of 2015, including the horrific slaughter at the Bataclan café. Mr. Abdeslam is currently on trial in Paris, a proceeding that is expected to last until May of next year.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from France24:

At the November 13 attacks trial, Salah Abdeslam describes himself as a “calm” child

On Tuesday, the special criminal court in Paris began questioning the principal defendant in the attacks of November 13, Salah Abdeslam, on the course of his life before the attacks.

After (experiencing) the horror with the testimony of survivors and relatives of the victims, the special criminal court of Paris entered a new phase on Tuesday, November 2 with the personal questioning of the 14 defendants present at the trial of the November 13, 2015 attacks.

Following in part an “alphabetical order”, the court began the sequence at the start of the afternoon with the questioning of Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the Islamic State commandos who caused 130 deaths and hundreds of injured in Paris and St-Denis on November 13, 2015.

The childhood of Abdeslam

Appearing in a grey vest, light shirt, with short-cropped hair and a black beard, Salah Abdeslam first stated his date and place of birth as 15 September 1989 in Brussels. The son of Moroccan immigrants, he then stated that he had but one nationality, French nationality, his parents having lived in France before moving to Belgium.

“I am the fourth of five siblings. I have three older brothers, a younger sister. What do you want to know?” continued Salah Abdeslam in a calm voice tinged with a light Belgian accent, his hands folded together in front of him in the dock. Asked to talk about his childhood, he described it as “very simple”, added that he was “a calm, nice person.”

The court then quickly went on to his school record — Salah Abdeslam presenting himself as a “good student”— and his first professional experiences. Then it focused on his criminal record before examining the conditions of detention since his arrest in Belgium in March 2016 after four months on the run.

After Salah Abdeslam, three other defendants would be questioned during the day: his childhood friend, Mohamed Abrini, “the man with the hat” in the Brussels attacks, Farid Kharkhach, and Yassine Atar.

Since the opening of the trial on September 8, the principal defendant spectacularly broke with the almost total silence he had observed since his arrest in this case, justifying several times the worst attacks committed on French soil.

Quiz III: Fourteen Clues

Quiz III: Fourteen Clues

Compiled by Michael Copeland

We have actually allowed a Trojan horse to settle everywhere in our neighbourhoods, which wants to undermine our way of life.
Nadine Romano, French MEP.

[Its] pattern is this: intimidate, humiliate and expropriate until you can annihilate.
— mortimer, comment

a savage subhuman criminal warlord death cult of oppression, murder and mayhem.
— Dan S., comment

a corruptor of good morals, a superstitious paradigm that promotes violence and bigotry as divine truth
— Agostino Armo Pellegrini, comment Dec 15, 2019 at 9:38 am

….inherently hostile—a costly lesson that countless innocents have been paying for nearly 1,400 years.
Raymond Ibrahim

a primitive death cult used to control large populations, illegally accumulate wealth, excuse bad behavior and justify perversions.
— Cheechakos, comment

achieved nothing in 1,400 years, except murdering and enslavement
— Spartacus, comment

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More Heads Must Roll!

Samuel Paty was a French schoolteacher who was beheaded a year ago by an over-enthusiastic culture-enriching “youth” after he allegedly showed a copy of a Motoon in class. Regular readers of Gates of Vienna will not be surprised to learn that Muslims in France still display support and approval of the actions of the Chechen mujahid who killed Mr. Paty.

The following report gives details about the case of a father who threatened to set fire to a school in solidarity with the killer of Samuel Paty. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from France Bleu:

Threats after tribute to Samuel Paty: The father of the schoolboy will be judged in January

October 20, 2021

The father of the pupil who threatened to set fire to Jean Zay School at Valence will be judged next 20 January. He has been placed under judicial control awaiting his trial

The case begins on Friday October 15 during a tribute to Samuel Paty, the teacher murdered by a terrorist a year earlier. A pupil, aged 11, at the Jean Zay School makes a provocation during a minute of silence and cries, “Allahu Akhbar.” When he is informed of the warning against the boy, the father supports his son’s attitude and threatens the school principal on the phone. Threats he reiterates after going to the school Monday morning. He is then arrested by the police and placed in custody.

The man “minimizes the facts”

According to the national prosecutor of Valence, the man, aged 43, admitted part of the facts, notably, “that he verbally attacked school personnel,” and that he had threatened to “set the establishment on fire.” However, as Alex Perrin further writes in a press release this Wednesday, the man, “minimized them in evoking his anger at the situation. He explains that he was carried away by the action taken against his son.”

He is not on file for radicalization

Psychiatric expertise requested by the Valence prosecutor shows that the father of the family is totally responsible for his acts. He presents no psychiatric pathology, “despite an impulsive potential.” This Valence security officer is not known to the services responsible for tracking radicalization, nor is he listed as a radical. The prosecutor did not allege support for terrorism, “due to lack of remarks made in public.” The man will be prosecuted for death threats against persons charged with the mission of public service and attacks on public property.

The prosecution had asked for an immediate judgment in the appearance and placement in provisional custody. The judge of liberty and detention ruled Wednesday afternoon: The man is allowed to remain at liberty under judicial control awaiting his trial, which will take place next January 20.

Why Don’t We See News Stories Like This?

The following fictional report is modeled on this BBC story about Wednesday’s attack in Norway, with relevant nouns and adjectives changed:

Rawalpindi: Knife Attack Appears to be Terrorism — Officials

A deadly knife attack in Pakistan which left five people dead appears to have been an act of terror, Pakistan’s security service (ISI) said.

However, a motive has not yet been determined.

The suspect, a 37-year-old Afghan citizen, had converted to Christianity and there were fears he had been radicalised, police say.

He is accused of killing four women and a man on Wednesday night in the northern town of Rawalpindi.

Why do Christian converts not carry out violent attacks?

Why is it that nobody ever has to be concerned about the “radicalization” of a convert to Christianity?

When is the last time you heard of a convert to Christianity killing someone for religious reasons?

The situation is not at all symmetrical. Contrary to what the media and your political leaders keep telling you, Islam is not a “peaceful religion just like other religions.”

Beware the Mountains of Morocco

A Spanish-speaking reader sends this update on the disposition of a civil case pursued by the family of one of the two Nordic girls who were raped and beheaded in Morocco back in 2018:

Rape and murder of two European tourist girls in Morocco

I believe this should be known by all travelers, especially girls, if they are planning to travel to an Arab country.

This is a reference from the Spanish newspaper Alerta Digital (Video con imágenes muy duras) Marruecos deberá pagar 500.000 euros a las familias de las dos turistas salvajemente asesinadas en 2018 taken from its website today. It concerns the rape and murder of two girls from Norway and Denmark while they were on holiday in Morocco in December of 2018.

The news of the details of the sentence includes a [WARNING: horriby graphic] video with the images of the murder of the two girls who were raped and beheaded by Moroccan men.

The Moroccan State, in its capacity as subsidiary civil servant, will have to pay five million dirhams (equivalent to half a million euros) to the families of the two Nordic tourists murdered and beheaded in a mountainous region of Morocco in December 2018. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Dane, and Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian, arrived in Morocco on December 9 and were found dead on Monday the 17th in the Imlil region, en route to Mount Toubkal.

The judgment of the Administrative Court of Marrakesh was issued on June 16, but it was made known this Monday through the Medias24 web portal, which recalls that the relatives of the Danish Louisa Vesterager Jespersen filed the lawsuit with the Moroccan State.

At the trial in July of 2019, in a criminal instance for the crime against Vesterager and her Norwegian partner Maren Ueland, the Rabat Court of Appeal sentenced the death penalty for the three main defendants, a sentence that was later confirmed in Court of Cassation.

That court considered unfounded the claim for compensation to the Moroccan State, which the lawyer for the Vesterager family estimated at ten million dirhams (one million euros), but in the face of the refusal of that court, the lawyer went to the Administrative Court, which eventually found in his favor.

The Marrakesh court considers that the responsibility of the State is explained by a principle of national solidarity, and although the State is not guilty of the crime, it does bear responsibility for what happened.

The Crash of Civilization

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The Crash of Civilization

by Fjordman

The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were the type of shocking event where many people remember exactly where they were and what they did that day. Personally, I was living in Egypt at that time. I had started studying Arabic language at the University of Bergen in western Norway. In 2001 I continued these studies at the American University in Cairo.

My linguistic skills in Arabic were mediocre. Since I left the Middle East in 2003 and haven’t practiced the language since, my Arabic has deteriorated and is now quite poor. For me, studying Arabic primarily became a door into studying Islam and Islamic culture. I was far better in this field of study, and continued my personal studies of Islam for years. I am at heart not a linguist, but rather an analyst with a strong interest in history.

Before September 2001, I was already growing more skeptical of Islam based on my own studies and personal experiences. Still, living in the largest city in the Arabic-speaking world during the September 11 Jihadist attacks was certainly interesting. The Mubarak regime imposed a curfew on Tahrir Square and parts of downtown Cairo that day. Perhaps they feared that some local Muslims would publicly celebrate the attacks, the way some Palestinian Muslims did. When Egypt received billions of dollars in aid from the USA, this would not have been good publicity.

I followed the news and newspapers back home via the Internet. They claimed that all Arabs and Muslims were sad and horrified by the attacks. This is not true. I know. I was there. Some of my Egyptian Muslim neighbors celebrated with cakes and said openly that they were very happy about the attacks.

To me, the most shocking thing about this was not that many Arabs and Muslims hated the West in general and the USA in particular. I already knew that. What was truly disturbing was that virtually the entire Western world seemed to be in complete denial about this fact. This was an entire civilization which once used to cultivate logic and reason, yet now seemed to have lost the ability to think rationally. That really scared me.

The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu completed his book The Art of War around the year 500 BC. Despite being more than 2,500 years old, it remains surprisingly fresh and relevant. This is because Sun Tzu focused mainly on the psychological aspects of conflict. While human technology has changed greatly in 2,500 years, human psychology has changed a lot less. One of the most famous quotes from The Art of War is this:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

From what I observed in September 2001, it seemed that the Western world had forgotten who our enemies are. Far worse, though, was that we had even forgotten who we are, and the roots of our own civilization.

A decade later, another terror attack would have an even more direct impact on my life. Both attacks became national traumas. Yet the 2011 attacks in Norway were carried out by a single individual acting alone, whose alleged terrorist network only existed inside his mentally disturbed head. The 2001 attacks in the USA were carried out by many different individuals from a real international terror network whose ideology has adherents worldwide. Moreover, when a small country is attacked, this is bad for that small country. When a large and powerful country is attacked, this has geopolitical consequences.

By 2011, I had been living in the same flat in Oslo for eight years, since my return from the Middle East. When the July 22 attacks happened, some people blamed me personally for the atrocities. I suddenly found myself near the epicenter of an international news story. This was extremely unpleasant, but in some ways also educational. If the 2001 attacks weakened my trust in Western mass media, the 2011 attacks totally destroyed it.

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Been There. Done That.

Unless some compelling reason emerges in future years, this will be my last 9-11 anniversary post.

It’s been an educational twenty years, to say the least. The first three anniversaries came up before Dymphna and I started blogging in October of 2004. During those years we had begun our studies of Islam and sharia, eventually launching Gates of Vienna to make our own small contribution to what later became known as the Counterjihad. From 2005 onward, one or the other of us always did a commemorative post when September 11th rolled around.

I still remember what I was doing when I heard the news on that bright, cool September morning, and how the day subsequently unfolded, but I’m not going to write about all that — I’ve covered it too many times before. And I’ll stay away from the political sequelae, except to note that the way the Patriot Act was eventually abused was at least as bad as the most skeptical libertarians predicted, and probably worse.

Over the next decade I spent a lot of time educating myself about Islam and sharia. Beginning in 2009, retired Major Stephen Coughlin was especially helpful in furthering my education. He made me understand the depth and breadth of the penetration of the federal government and the military by the Muslim Brotherhood, to the point that we had written sharia into the constitutions that we devised for Iraq and Afghanistan.

At first it seemed that a combination of ignorance and cluelessness had led to such foolhardy behavior, but as time went by — especially after the Islamophiles in the Obama administration got going full throttle — I realized that there was more than mere ignorance at work. Yes, there were plenty of ill-informed and stupid people at the upper levels of the government and the military, but John Brennan — just to pick an example — was not one of them. There was no way that he could have failed to understand exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood was up to. Thus we can only conclude that Islamization is part of the Deep State’s plan for the deconstruction of Western Civilization.

As the teens wore on, my cynicism and disillusionment about our government got worse and worse. I had started out with the naïve idea that there were decent people among our political leaders who really were attempting to do their best for the country. However, the true state of affairs eventually became ineluctable: corruption and malevolence were (and are) the norm, from the lowest to the highest levels of government. There are a few very rare exceptions, but they play no meaningful role in steering the ship of state.

The five years since Donald Trump stormed onto the political scene have really clarified the extent of the evil rot that has eaten out the core of our political and cultural institutions. The investigation and impeachment of Mr. Trump revealed the true purpose of the Patriot Act. And last fall’s election showed that the Deep State now has full control over the counting of the votes, so that no future elections will show any results other than those they intend. Diehard Republicans who are salivating over the midterms or 2024 are the most clueless of all. If they haven’t yet realized the nature of our new totalitarian dystopia, they probably never will. There’s no voting our way out of this.

So here we are, twenty years later. Afghanistan has reverted to what it was in 2001, except with much better roads, airfields, telecommunications, and surveillance equipment. We just handed the country over to the mujahideen we overthrew back then, lavishing upon them such quantities of state-of-the-art munitions and equipment that they will be the most powerful jihad army ever assembled, courtesy of the United States of America.

Here at home we are entering the full Corona despotism that the paranoid cynics among us have been predicting ever since the start of the “pandemic”. Since I intend to remain unjabbed, by this time next year I don’t know whether I’ll be able to get medical treatment, or eat in a restaurant, or even shop in a supermarket. By September 11, 2022 I might be unable to post a 9-11 commemoration, even if I wanted to.

I remember the ubiquitous “Never Forget” banners that popped up all over the place after 9-11. I didn’t forget.

I remember the “Let’s roll!” spirit that emerged. I rolled as best I could.

I remember when George W. Bush promised to hunt down the evil perpetrators and bring them to justice. And he did manage to round up quite a few of them and stash them in Gitmo until they were released to become ministers in the new government of Afghanistan.

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The Bataclan Mujahid Goes on Trial

Salah Abdeslam has gone on trial in Paris. The “Belgian” man is the sole survivor of the group that planned and executed the Islamic terror attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. The most well-known action on that horrible day took place at the Bataclan Café, where ninety people were executed. Yet for some reason the Bataclan isn’t mentioned in either of the two articles below.

The trial began today, and Mr. Abdeslam declared his allegiance to the Islamic State in his opening remarks. The entire judicial process is expected to last nine months, with a possible verdict handed down next May.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating these two articles. The first was, from France24, was published yesterday, before the trial began:

The November 13 attacks: The undersides of an extraordinary trial

September 7, 2021
by Bahar Makooi

Historic and unprecedented in its size, the November 13 trial attacks required more than two years of preparation in order to set up a titanic and highly secure judicial system. Over the course of nine months, more than 300 witnesses will be heard by the Special Criminal Court of Paris, which will be charged with judging 20 accused, including Salah Abdeslam.

It is the largest criminal hearing ever held in France. In a few days, the trial of the terrorist attacks that produced 130 deaths and 350 injured in Paris and Saint-Denis will begin in the capital.

Beginning September 8 and lasting 9 months, the Special Criminal Court of Paris will be charged with judging 20 accused, including Salah Abdeslam, the lone survivor among the commandos tasked by the organization Islamic State with committing terrorist attacks in France. Facing trial, 14 accused will be present, and 6 will be judged in absentia.

A titanic judicial setup was planned because this trial is extraordinary, first of all because of the elevated number of civil parties: Almost 1,800 people of some 20 different nationalities. Some 300 witnesses will be heard, essentially next of kin of the victims and some survivors of the attacks, represented by almost as many lawyers.

This trial is also unprecedented in its emotional weight and its length: At least 145 days of hearings are scheduled until May 25, 2022. Holding a trial of this magnitude till its end constitutes a challenge without precedent for the judicial institution, particularly in a time of pandemic and a still-elevated terrorist threat.

A custom-built courtroom

From a logistical point of view, the judicial setup required two years of preparation and the construction of a special, highly-secured courtroom in the heart of the historic Palace of Justice at the Île de la Cité in Paris.

This principal courtroom will be able to accommodate up to 550 people. An ultra-modern room, without any windows, custom-built in the middle of the famous Salle des Pas Perdus, and eventually removable. About 15 other rooms of the Appellate Court will be able to be utilized to broadcast the arguments according to the number of people, for a total capacity of 2,000 seats.

A web radio for the civil parties and psychological assistance

From the main room, eight cameras, technically controlled, will film the entirety of the trial. But no image is supposed to leave the special criminal court because these recordings will be destined exclusively for the audio-visual archives of the court.

Among the thousands of persons constituting civil parties, those who don’t attend the sessions will be able to follow them on Internet radio. This will be the first time that a device of this type has been put in place for a criminal trial. Only the sound will be broadcast, in a slight delay of a half-hour, under ultra-secure conditions. A number for psychological assistance will be placed at the disposition of the listeners.

On the security side, the terrorist threat being persistent, the number of gendarmes and police has not been disclosed, but a considerable security perimeter will be in place, forcing the residents of the quarter and trial participants to undergo identity checks.

A million-page investigative file

The first witnesses are expected to take the stand beginning on Monday September 13. But before that, the president of the court will read his report, summarizing the 542 volumes of the investigative file. That is a file of a million pages, equivalent to 53 linear meters.

These historic trials filmed for the archives of justice

The victims will take the stand for five weeks, from the end of September to the end of October, telling about this night of horror in 2015. The court will interrogate the fourteen accused beginning in 2022.

Twelve of the twenty accused are facing life imprisonment. Three of accused, against whom the charges are less serious, are free under judicial supervision.

If the court keeps to its deadlines, the verdict could be rendered in May 2022.

The second article was published today by France Bleu:

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