“There was a huge campaign aimed at releasing Hamyd, who was then a teenager, with classmates eventually providing an alibi then led to him being released without charge.” He was touted as a victim of “Islamophobia.” Now he has been arrested for trying to join the Islamic State. Once again we see the hollowness of the ubiquitous victimhood narrative: whether or not Hamyd was involved in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, he is clearly a mujahid.
“Student who was cleared of being getaway driver in Charlie Hebdo attacks is arrested as he ‘tries to join Islamic State in Syria,'” by Peter Allen, MailOnline, August 7, 2016:
A student who was cleared of being the ‘third man’ in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in France has now been arrested for allegedly trying to join Islamic State.
Hamyd Mourad, 20, was originally thought to have been the getaway driver when two Al-Qaeda operatives massacred 12 people around the Paris offices of the satirical magazine in January 2015.
There was a huge campaign aimed at releasing Hamyd, who was then a teenager, with classmates eventually providing an alibi then led to him being released without charge.
But now – in what appears to be another huge failure by France’s security agencies – Mourad was intercepted in Turkey’ on July 28th as he tried to join the Isis caliphate in Syria.
Mourad, who remained on a terrorist watch list in France, was deported to Bulgaria, where he remains in a detention centre awaiting his return to France.
Paris intelligence sources told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that material found in Mourad’s backpack, including a phone and laptop computer, made him a clear ‘candidate for jihad’.
It added that anti-terrorism prosecutors in Paris had ‘opened a judicial investigation in order to issue a European arrest warrant for him.’
Mourad was the brother-in-law of Cherif Kouachi, who carried out the murders at Charlie Hebdo with his brother Said Kouachi.
The pair used AK47s to assassinate writers and cartoonists whom they accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, before they themselves were later gunned down by police commandos.
In the hours after the attack, Hamyd’s name was released as a prime suspect and a manhunt was launched.
Hamyd handed himself into a police station in his home town of Charleville-Mezieres, some 160 miles from Paris, and was held and interrogated for more than two days.
After being released without charge, Hamyd said: ‘I was stunned, completely overwhelmed by the events.
‘I’m in shock, people said horrible and false things about me on social media even though I am a normal student who lives quietly with his parents.’…