Mauritania: Court reduces sentence of Canadian jihadist, will be freed soon

Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands his new, peaceful religion, and thinks that it has something to do with warfare against unbelievers. Islamic authorities in Canada who claim to reject this understanding of Islam have no program to prevent young converts from misunderstanding Islam in this way. “Canadian to be freed in Mauritania after sentence cut,” from Reuters, July 15

DAKAR (Reuters) – A Canadian man convicted and jailed in Mauritania for “terrorist conspiracy” in the West African nation will soon be freed after a court reduced his sentence on appeal, judicial sources said.

Aaron Yoon, 24, from London in the Canadian state of Ontario, was arrested in December 2011 after attempting, along with some young Mauritanians, to join al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali, security sources said.

Yoon, a Catholic convert to Islam, was sentenced in July 2012 to two years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 5 million ouguiyas ($18,000). The trial was not made public at the time and his imprisonment only came to light this year.

On Sunday, the court in Nouakchott reduced his sentence to one and a half years, meaning he is now theoretically due for release, though he must first pay the fine, the judicial sources said.

Yoon’s case highlights how a number of Westerners have passed through Mauritania to join the Islamist fighters in Mali.

Yoon told the authorities he had arrived in Mauritania via Morocco to study Arabic and the Koran, attracted by the prestigious reputation of its Koranic schools.

According to court documents, Yoon said he had been recruited by an Islamist named Mohammed El-Hafed, who had made him listen to jihadi tapes and had then asked him to join the camps.

In April, Canada said two other English-speaking nationals from London, Ontario, had taken part in a mass hostage-taking in January on a natural gas facility in Algeria.

About 70 people, including the two Canadians, died when Algerian troops stormed the In Amenas desert gas plant. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police identified the two as Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej.

Canadian media reported that Yoon had attended school with the two dead men and that he had been raised a Catholic before converting to Islam at high school.

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  1. says

    An important question: is the Quran the Word of God or is it a fabrication of a Man. Thus, is the Quran the truth or a fiction and a hoax? The jihadists use many verses from the Quran as the Main source of justification for their violence, mayhem and murders. There, the question is clearly given on pages 145 through 157 in THE ISLAMIC INVASION by Robert Morey in which he wrote a section on the Quran with its self-contradictions. Just two of the many he cited are the following “The Quran differs on whether a day is a thousand years or fifty thousand years in God’s sight’ and “Who was first to believe? Abraham or Moses [Sura 6:14 versus 7:143]? The above is inconsistent and illogical. Further, Morey wrote about “The fact that Judaism and Christianity broke up into different sects was used in the Quran to prove that they are not of God [Suras 30:20-32. 42:13, 14]. Yet Islam has broken up into many warring sects and therefore cannot be true if the Quran is right.” Moreover, Morey in his book shows many more contradictions and absurdities in the Quran, there are and how Muhammad incorporated extra Biblical and Jewish folklore along with pre-Islamic Arabian myth and parts of Zoroastrian and Hindu stories into the Quran. Furthermore, the Muslims claim that “the Quran is the direct, literal word of God unmodified in any way by the Prophet who uttered them at the bidding of God.” Nevertheless, in the book UNVEILING ISLAM by Ergun Mehmet and Eethi Caner has shown that the Quran was modified in the following account on pages 45. “Muhammad felt the need to improve on the words of Allah, since he changed Allah’s wisdom for his own on several occasions. A hadith tells of the nonchalant emendations of Muhammad:’ On a number of occasions he [a scribe] had, with the Prophet’s consent changed the closing words of verses. For example, when the prophet had said “God is mighty and wise ” Adbollah b. Abi Sarh suggested writing down “Knowing and wise’ and the Prophet answered that there was no objection. Having observed a succession of changes of this type, Adbollah renounced Islam on the grounds that revelations, if from God could not be changed at the prompting of a scribe such as himself. After his apostasy he went to Mecca and joined the Qorayshites.’ Other writers reveal that later Muhammad and his people did go war with the Qorayshites and he personally killed Abdollah. Obviously Abdollah knew too much and Muhammad wanted Abdollah’s knowledge to die with him.” In conclusion, the Quran is not only a fiction, it’s also a hoax.

  2. says

    The Greek philosopher Plato is one of the contributors to Western Civilization. He may shed some light into the subject of those people who are shackled in the chains and darkness of Islamic thought. In Plato’s REPUBLIC he gave an allegory of a cave where “the condition of men living in a sort of cavernous chamber…Here they have been from childhood, chained by leg and also by the neck, so that they cannot move and see only what is in front of them.” This can fit into what the Imams do in the mosques and how they brainwash the young people in the madrassa’s by always programming Islamic doctrine into their victims and not exposing them to other worldviews. Furthermore, even in Islamic tradition when Muslims have their newborn child the father whispers words of the Quran into the infants ear so that that Quran verses are the first thing the newborn person hears. This programming process takes place all their lives. These are some of the chains that keep them bound in a mosque [cave]. The chains do not let them reach out for dialectic reasoning and let them examine the evidence both for as well as against, or even question whether Muhammad was a true prophet of God or not, and if the Quran is a hoax or not. As the chains and darkness of the cave blinds and holds the prisoners back from reality, so Islamic propaganda holds back the cognition to reason with the question if Islam is true or not. They are forbidden from even thinking to question Islam. Furthermore, if a Muslim by some miracle wakes up to the truth about Islam, it would be like the man in Plato’s cave allegory who was released from his chains and taken outside to the real world. At first direct light would be painful and disorienting, it would take some time for him to understand what the truth is all about, he even might cling to the shadows and still for a time believe some of the illusions to be real. But he would finally come to know “what he had formerly seen was meaningless illusion.” And that was “what passed for wisdom in his former dewelling-place.”And that the other cave prisoners also needed to see the light [the truth] for he “was sorry for them.” and he would re-enter the cave just to rescue them. Nevertheless, the cave prisoners wouldn’t understand and “if they could lay hand on the man who was trying to set them free.” And if they could “they would kill him.” Likewise, when someone escapes from the shackles of Islam, those still in the darkness of this religion would not understand and if possible kill him for leaving Islam, and even more so if he were to try to enlighten them about the truth about Islam. For these people in Islam are chained to an empty imitation of truth and godliness.

  3. says

    The Canadian and U.S. governments both need laws to prohibit reentry of convicted jihadists.

    The jihadists do not fear death. They fear being deported.

  4. says

    Mauritania: Court reduces sentence of Canadian jihadist, will be freed soon
    …………………………..

    And why? Because Mauritania is so Islamic a place that slavery is still widely practiced there. And in such a place, Jihad is not really considered a crime.

    More:

    Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands his new, peaceful religion, and thinks that it has something to do with warfare against unbelievers. Islamic authorities in Canada who claim to reject this understanding of Islam have no program to prevent young converts from misunderstanding Islam in this way.
    …………………………..

    Of course not. And how could they, really? Jihad is mainstream Islam.

    More:

    Yoon told the authorities he had arrived in Mauritania via Morocco to study Arabic and the Koran, attracted by the prestigious reputation of its Koranic schools.
    …………………………..

    Isn’t it funny how the most “prestigious” Arabic language schools are always in the worst Islamic sh*tholes? Really, it’s a mystery…sarc/off.

    More:

    In April, Canada said two other English-speaking nationals from London, Ontario, had taken part in a mass hostage-taking in January on a natural gas facility in Algeria.
    …………………………..

    How appalling is it that the West is now *exporting* Jihadists to Dar-al-Islam?

    All I can say is *never* allow vile Jihadists like Yoon to *return* to the civilized West.

  5. says

    What’s amazing about the Taqqiyah coming for CAIR-canada is that they prentend to care about Human Rights abroad and post some news article on their website that Canadian Government needs to help citizen beinh held in _____, fill in the space.

    BUT, when CAIR leaves out of the story is that the oppressed canadian is a muslim with terrorism ties. CAIR did this for a terrorist held in China,alleged terrorist held in Syria and so on.
    The sacm is to get Jihadists to canada for a passport, then they globe-trot as Maher Arar did, so, once they are in trouble they expect canada to bail out their sorry butts once nabbed in jihad or terrorism.

    Being in canada 5 years makes a muslim no more canidian than living in a garage for 10 years would make me a car.

  6. says

    Poor,poor Yoon. Now all he needs is 18 grand to get out of the hoosgow. Arrested in a Muslim country for going on jihad. Poor chap; his peaceful, interior struggle was misinterpreted by islamophobes.

  7. says

    I wonder whether the jihadists who enlisted this fool will pay his $18,000 debt? I know Stephen Harper’s Canadian government won’t, unlike the Grand Mufti in the White House who, f Yoon was an American citizen, would pay the guy’s get out of jail ticket and invite him to a welcome home halal dinner. Thank goodness an American president is only allowed to run for two terms.

  8. says

    Yep.

    Canada should *not* permit this guy to re-enter, ever. And his full description should be circulated to *all* other non-Muslim countries, from the smallest Caribbean and Pacific Island nation, right on through to Russia and China, with an advisory: 1/ do. not. permit this man to enter your country, but 2/ if you find he’s sneaked in…boot him out (and we won’t cry if you shoot him in self defence; he is officially dead to us, in any case).

    Re the jihadis’ fear of being deported (from non-Muslim countries); that’s because each time a Muslim is prevented from entering a non-Muslim land, or is evicted from such a land, the Immigration Jihad, al-Hijra, is thwarted; the Ummah beachhead or advance base is prevented from growing in numbers and perceived and actual power.

    Muslims – whether converts or those raised-Muslim by Muslim parents – should not be prevented from flitting off to dar al Islam as this bloke did…indeed, they should be *encouraged* to leave, wafted on their way.

    Then …slam the door tight shut behind them so they can never get back in.

    Let them deport themselves.

  9. says

    Walter, you pose a very good question, which both of us would probably answer by saying that the Qur’an is a fabrication (although while our esteemed blog host might say it was made by people in Omar’s or some early Caliph’s employ, I still find no reason to doubt that it is substantially the work of a 7th century Meccan named Muhammad [whom I do not accept as a prophet of God]).

    However, as a Christian who is necessarily critical of the Qur’an, I would not make an issue if the Qur’an says here that a day is fifty years in God’s sight or a thousand there. I simply sense an echo of II Peter 3:8, which says that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day. This simply means that God, who is eternal, and the Creator of time itself, does not experience it as we do.

    As for people like Aaron Yoon and his confederates,they are indeed criminals, and Mauretania seems to be lenient with their criminality (anyone know how Mauretanian-Malian relations are?).

    Getting back to how we might know if the Qur’an is true or forged, I only note how Muslims claim that the Qur’an carries on the tradition of the “real” Bible–yet they never produce any evidence a Bible other than the one we know that agrees with the Qur’an against the known Scripture. Further, they do not explain how the Jews and Christians, who did not cooperate, argue over the same Tanakh, and how the various sects of Christians argue over the same twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Nor can they explain how the “corrupters” of Scripture can leave things embarrassing to their own traditions in places like Gen. 18:8, Acts 20, and Philippians 1:1.

  10. says

    ala sux wrote:

    What’s amazing about the Taqqiyah coming for CAIR-canada is that they prentend to care about Human Rights abroad and post some news article on their website that Canadian Government needs to help citizen beinh held in _____, fill in the space.

    BUT, when CAIR leaves out of the story is that the oppressed canadian is a muslim with terrorism ties…
    ……………………………….

    *Very* important point, ala sux. You’d think that this Jihadi creep were a *victim* of Islam, like well-meaning British teacher Gillian Gibbons who was arrested and threatened with death on blasphemy charges in Sudan a few years ago in the “Muhammed Bear” case.

    This woman might have been rather foolish in trusting Muslims, but she was a decent person who needed her civilized country to rescue her from Islamic barbarism.

    Not so Jihadist Aaron Yoon (I wonder what his Muslim name is?).

    He would be a profound danger to his native Canada if allowed to return.

    But the Muslims of CAIR-Canada are all to happy to use earnest Infidels to get their Jihadist buddies from reaping their just desserts whenever possible. I just hope the Canadian authorities refuse to fall for it.