French court fines mother for 3-year-old's "Jihad...I am a bomb" T-shirt

PARIS Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:32am EDT

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PARIS (Reuters) - A woman who sent her three-year-old son - called Jihad - to school in a T-shirt marked "Jihad, Born September 11, I am a bomb" was fined and given a suspended jail sentence by a French court on Friday.

Bouchra Bagour was found guilty of condoning a criminal act, along with her brother Zeyad, who bought the child the T-shirt recalling Islamist militant group al Qaeda's attacks on New York on September 11, 2001, that killed close to 3,000 people.

The matter ended up in court after Jihad went to his nursery school in September 2012 wearing the T-shirt, upsetting staff and prompting a local official to take legal action.

Overturning an earlier acquittal, the appeals court in the southern town of Nimes fined the woman 2,000 euros ($2,700) and gave her a one-year suspended jail sentence, doubling that fine and suspended jail sentence for the uncle.

(Reporting by Jean-Francois Rosnoblet; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (4)
bmmm wrote:
Ironic that this would have been perfectly fine in America. Psssst, hey France, you want to know the American secret to doing everything better? It’s the humor baby. You can learn too. Just get on that American invention we call the Internet, buy yourself a ticket on that American invention we call an airplane and come over to Napa and get yourself a glass of good wine. Thanks for playing.

Sep 20, 2013 7:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
If she and her brother are not citizens, I would send them and her entire family back to whatever repressive Muslim country they escaped from in the first place!

Sep 21, 2013 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Timbuk3 wrote:
Where the heck is the father?

@bmmm, you think this would be fine in America? Kid would probably end up with a pre-school fat lip. Every day would end up with “Thanks mom, I got beat up, again.” Sadly, reminds me of the Johnny Cash song, “A Boy Named Sue” and maybe this kid will grow up to hate his parents for the curse they have left on him.

Amazing poor judgment by this idiot mother and her brother. Talking about starting out life on the wrong foot, what a horrible abuse to use an innocent child in this way.

Perfect example of the words to live by, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Sep 26, 2013 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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