Introduction — July 27, 2016
So the terrorist who murdered a priest in northern France was known to police. He had been imprisoned on terror-related charges but was allowed out with an electronic tag.
Prosecutors appealed the decision, arguing that there was a ‘high risk’ that Adel Kermiche would re-offend.
Nonetheless, Kermiche was released and allowed to wander freely, even though neighbours described the 19-year-old as a “ticking time bomb”.
He also appears to have had psychological problems. Another neighbour told Le Figaro that he exhibited obvious signs of mental disturbance. “He was crazy, he was talking to himself.”
In other words Kermirche was a disaster waiting to happen and the authorities knew it. He was a seriously disturbed young man who had supposedly been tagged and yet somehow he managed to evade those tasked with watching him.
Call me suspicious but I cannot help wondering if someone didn’t turn a blind eye to Kermirche’s movements and allow him to commit this crime. It all adds to the mounting tensions between nominally Christian westerners and migrant communities, many of who are Muslim.
This is exactly what the elite want. As first outlined over a century ago by Albert Pike in his letter to Giuseppe Mazzini: they want to incite conflict between nominally Christian westerners and Islam, ultimately culminating in a third world war.
Tragedies like Kermirche’s murder of Father Jacques Hamel only add fuel to the fire. Ed.
France priest killer Adel Kermiche told judges: ‘I’m not an extremist’ before he was freed
Peter Allen, Justin Davenport — Evening Standard July 27, 2016
The terrorist who murdered a Catholic priest in northern France had told judges: “I am not an extremist” before being freed from prison to kill, it was revealed today.
Adel Kermiche, 19, convinced authorities that he was “aware of his mistakes” just months before he was allowed out on an electronic tag.
The shocking details of the way in which the teenage jihadist was treated emerged following the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, 86, as he held a church service in Normandy on Tuesday.
The much loved local Catholic priest was forced to kneel before the altar before he had his throat cut in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.
Both Kermich and his unidentified accomplice were then shot dead by anti-terrorist police as they tried to leave the church using two nuns and two parishioners as human shields.
Details of the manner of Kermiche’s release came as police warned Britain’s Christian community to be on alert and review security measures.
The attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray sent shock waves through a nation already reeling from the murder of 84 people in Nice on July 14, when a terrorist drove a lorry into crowds enjoying Bastille Day fireworks, as well as earlier atrocities in Paris.
Kermiche was released in March after serving part of his sentence for a range of terrorist offences including trying to join Isis in Syria.
A psychological examination of Kermiche was carried out between October 2015 and February this year, during which he spoke freely about his motives and ambitions. He outlined about his frail psychological state, saying he was regularly in hospital after suffering deep depressions and ‘other mental problems’.
Kermich said: ‘I am a Muslim grounded in the values of mercy, and goodness…I am not an extremist’.
He claimed he wanted to become a mental health nurse, and settle down with a family.
‘I want to get my life back, to see my friends, to get married,’ Kermich told an examining magistrate in the psychological reports leaked to Le Monde newspaper.
Kermiche spent his time in prison mixing with other terrorists, including another young Frenchman who had spent 18 months fighting with Isis.
Despite this, he managed to convince those compiling the report that he should be given yet another chance.
The judge overseeing Kermiche’s case, said the teenager was ‘aware of his mistakes’, and despite ‘suicidal thoughts’, was a good candidate to be reintegrated back into society.
He could be freed on probation with the ‘supervision and support’ of his family in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and wearing an electronic tag, the judge concluded.
Prosecutors appealed the decision, saying they were ‘unconvinced by the arguments’, and that there was a ‘high risk’ of Kermiche reoffending.
Kermiche was even allowed a four-hour period from 8.30am every day when he could leave his parents’ home, and wander freely around his home town.
It was during this window that he and his accomplice rushed into the church and executed Father Jacques before also knifing a parishioner, who was severely wounded.
One local resident in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray described Kermiche as a “ticking time bomb” adding : “He was too strange.”
Another neighbour told Le Figaro that Kermiche showed visible signs of mental disturbance. “He was crazy, he was talking to himself.”
One teenager who knew the terrorist told RTL radio : He told me two months ago, “I’m going to do a church.” I didn’t believe him. He said a lot of things. He spoke about Islam, that he was going to do stuff like that.”
A nun, identified as Sister Danielle, described how Father Hamel was forced to kneel on the floor before his throat was cut during the hour-long hostage-taking incident which began as the two knifemen burst into the parish church by a back door during morning mass.
She said: “They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that’s when the tragedy happened.
“They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It’s a horror,” she told BFM television.
Today, members of Kermiche’s immediate family remained inside their home in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, without commenting.
The French authorities have been widely criticised for the way they have allowed known jihadis the freedom to travel and mass weapons to carry out their crimes.
French President Francois Hollande was today meeting religious leaders to try and reassure them that everything is being done to protect places of worship, including churches, mosques and synagogue.
But the head of state has regularly been booed while out in public, with critics shouting ‘Resign!’ and ‘Murderers!’ at him and his prime minister, Manuel Valls.
Opposition Republican leader Nicolas Sarkozy accused Mr Hollande of ‘trembling’ in the face of the jihadist threat.
Mr Sarkozy said: ‘Everything that should have been done the past 18 months was not done. France cannot let its children be murdered.’