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“The review found that while a small number of extremist organisations received a significant proportion of their income from abroad, the majority did not, leading to the conclusion that ‘a comprehensive approach focused particularly on domestic sources of support for all forms of extremism is needed’.”
“Only 1 in 9 criminal groups can be confronted with the present available manpower and means.”
“‘The last 25 years, I have seen small-time dealers grow into large contractors who have good contacts in politics, and into so-called respected investors,’ (Bert, detective)”
Prison guard: “It used to be, that I was afraid every morning of finding a prisoner who had hanged himself in his cell. Nowadays, I’m afraid that someone cuts my throat, decapitates me, sticks a knife in my back – in the name of Islamic State. That’s a fear I carry with me every working day.”
During trial, the suspect, an asylum seeker from Gambia living in Germany since 2014, kept silent. During the second day of trial only two witnesses, a magistrate and a police commissioner gave evidence. The last two reported on the interrogation of the suspect on the day he was apprehended. At the time, he claimed he couldn’t remember having raped any women. This led to cynical comments by the witnesses of him having had to have been very drunk indeed.
However, during the trial, Abdeslam’s defense counsel, Sven Mary, sought the case’s dismissal over a technicality. Mary explained that the top counter-terror judge should have issued the document naming the judges in Dutch, not in French, because he serves in a Dutch-language court in Brussels. Therefore, Mary concluded, the “whole case” against both Abdeslam and Ayari “must be thrown out”.
“George Soros’s foundations have along with a number of other major donors also made significant contributions to our work. (…) Indeed through his foundations he has contributed £400,000.”
While Islamists subvert their societies in a religiously inspired manner, Muslim street youths do so in a more earthly fashion. The latter is highly advantageous to Islamists because, in the end, it is the subversion of non-Muslim societies by people who primarily identify as Muslim.
“A topic where we need to balance: balance rights, balance the freedom of information on the one hand, but on the other hand the right to receive transparent fact-checked and pluralistic information. (…) We really need to be pro-active here and not wait until things really are going wrong. Thank you for all the trust you’ve put in us and we will really do our utmost to take it to some next steps.”
“The by now released Syrian born suspect declared during his police hearing that in the future he’s willing to apply more violence to reach his goals. He also declared he would not mind dying for his cause and in his statement glorifies martyrdom.”
Upon travelling to France in 2014, he was taken into police custody and investigated by an investigative judge and placed under judicial control. By that time, he recognised that there had been a sexual relationship, which he presented as having been consensual.
“We have been humiliated, insulted, threatened, physically assaulted, (…) verbally abused, prevented from doing our job (…). We tried to do our best to inform everybody as best we could during this, that’s what I call it anyway, hostage situation. (…) What sort of society have we been lead in?”