Now, according to a BBC report, he says, “Today I can’t understand myself how I could have acted this way.”
If one believes his story, he’s not only a murderer, but a gullible idiot. However, prior coverage found him in “radical” company on Facebook, and he said he wanted to “do [his] bit for Jihad,” and that he “did it for Allah.” During the crime, he shouted “Allahu Akbar.”
But where he had been smiling mildly in the DPA photo above (reposted as-is, with his face partially pixellated), today he made an “emotional confession.” “German Islamist terrorist confesses and blames fake jihad rape video for inspiring his crime,” from the Telegraph, August 31 (thanks to Twostellas):
In an emotional confession to a Frankfurt court as his murder trial began on Wednesday, Arid Uka said he had become radicalised by online extremist propaganda before carrying out a lone gun attack US Air Force bus in March.
“What I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did,” he said.
Uka blamed a video purporting to show American servicemen raping a young Muslim girl for prompting him to try and stop other US soldiers from getting to Afghanistan.
“I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan,” he told the court.
But the rape footage, billed as an authentic video entitled “what was done to our sisters,” turned out to be a fake using footage scene from the 2007 anti-Iraq war film “Redacted,” directed by Hollywood’s Brian de Palma.
“That is the irony of this case,” said Jens Joerg Hoffman, Uka’s defence lawyer. “It was an American film from a leading director that was so believable that it looked real.”
Uka is charged with two counts of murder and three of attempted murder in connection with the attack. He faces a possible life sentence….