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Mum cleared over son’s 9/11 ‘bomb’ T-shirt

26th Apr 2013
Mum cleared over son’s 9/11 ‘bomb’ T-shirt

Bouchra Bagour has been acquitted of defending terrorism after sending her 3 year old child to nursery wearing this sweatshirt

Elham Asaad Buaras

A French mum who sent her son to a nursery wearing T-shirt with the words ‘I am a bomb’ and ‘Born on September 11th’ has been acquitted in a court in southern France on April 10.

Bouchra Bagour was on trial in Avignon on charges of defending terrorism after sending her three-year-old son, named Jihad, to his school Sorgues wearing the T-shirt.

Bagour and her brother Zeyad, who was also charged and acquitted, had faced up to five years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros if convicted.

The court ruled that prosecutors had not proven that the defence of terrorism was “unequivocal”, as required by the law.

Bagour conceded the T-shirt was “tactless” but not provocative.

She said she wanted to make note of her son’s birthday and did not intend to reference the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001.

Zeyad, who had also faced charges for having bought Jihad the T-shirt, said after the ruling that he was “happy” and “relieved”.

In an earlier hearing both of them had pleaded their innocence in court, claiming they thought the T-shirt would “make people laugh”.

“For me the text is simply my son’s name and his date of birth,” Bagour had said. “It’s a bit different but I thought it would make people laugh.

“My brother gave my son the sweatshirt, I put it on him, and I never thought anything of it.”

Zeyad had told the court: “I had no intention of being provocative or shocking people.

“For me the words ‘I am a bomb’ mean ‘I am beautiful’.”

Sorgues Mayor Thierry Lagneau, said the court ruling had sanctioned all behaviour and failed to reflect the wishes of the local community.

“The law does not reflect reality as it is seen by citizens,” he said.


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