PARIS: French police are holding a man accused of sending a death threat to a philosophy teacher who was forced into hiding after writing an article critical of Islam, justice officials said on Tuesday. Arrested on Monday in the central city of Orleans, the 25-year-old call-centre employee was held for 24 hours by anti-terrorist investigators, who found no evidence he was linked to a terrorist organisation. Remanded in custody, he faces up to five years in jail for “aggravated threats” over a threatening e-mail he sent last month to Robert Redeker, a 52-year-old father of three who teaches in southwestern Toulouse. Though a practising Muslim, the suspect apparently has no links to Islamic extremism, according to police who said he acted alone out of “hatred” for the author.
In America they would be saying that this wasn’t an act of terrorism — he just hated Redeker. This is more fruit of the massive misapprehension of the jihad, a misapprehension under which we must all labor. This man wants to kill Redeker because in his mind Redeker has insulted Islam and Muhammad, which in Islamic law is a capital offense. That makes him a freelance mujahid like Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar. The lack of ties to terror groups means nothing: he has ties to the ideology that fuels terror.