“Describing himself as a strict Muslim, he told investigators that his four male victims represented ‘a life for a life’ for ‘Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day.'”
This endless cycle of revenge is sanctioned by the Qur’an: “And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (5:45)
A Washington state man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of murdering a college student in New Jersey in an act of “vengeance” for U.S. military action in the Middle East.
Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, is charged with shooting to death 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as he stopped at a traffic light in West Orange, New Jersey, not far from his family’s home in Livingston, said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The murder case marks the first time prosecutors in New Jersey have used state terrorism charges, she said. The charge was brought after permission was granted by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Carter said.
The June 2014 shooting is among four murders Brown confessed to committing, including three in Washington state, as “vengeance” for U.S. military action overseas, according to court documents.
Describing himself as a strict Muslim, he told investigators that his four male victims represented “a life for a life” for “Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day,” court documents said.
At his arraignment in state Superior Court in Newark on Tuesday, Brown pleaded not guilty to nine charges stemming from the death of Tevlin, who was home for summer vacation after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond in Virginia….