Russia: Lavrov meets former Afghan pres. Karzai in Moscow
Terror suspect Salah Abdeslam was described by his Belgian lawyer as “a little moron” who “is worth gold” in the investigation into the Paris attacks last November.
In an interview with Jean Quatremer for the French newspaper Liberation, lawyer Sven Mary opened up about his client and what it was like defending Abdeslam.
“He’s a little moron from Molenbeek involved in petty crimes; more of follower than a leader. He has the intelligence of an empty ashtray. He is the perfect example of the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ generation who thinks he lives in a video game,” Mary said.
Mary said he has spoken to his client only seven or eight times in jail.
Moreover, Abdeslam’s pathway to radicalization has been hard to establish. “A year ago and a half he was still clubbing in Amsterdam,” Mary said. “I asked him if he read the Coran, and he said he had read interpretations on the Internet.”
While Mary believes everyone is entitled to an attorney, he said he thought about quitting the case, especially after the attacks in Brussels last month, which happened three days after Abdeslam was arrested.
“I was assaulted several times, verbally or physically. Two guys even waited for me in front of my office […] and police officers had to accompany my daughters to school twice,” Mary said.
Mary said Abdeslam is collaborating and communicating with officials. Abdeslam was transferred from a Belgium prison to France this morning after a European arrest warrant was issued by France on March 19, according to the Belgian federal prosecutor.
Russia is ready to join stuttering peace talks on Afghanistan if interests of all parties taking part in them are respected, including Afghanistan itself, Interfax news agency cited Russian envoy on Afganistan Zamir Kabulov as saying on Wednesday.
Russia considers inefficient the current format of the talks, sponsored by the four-power group of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China, and does not plan to join in, although Moscow is ready to create a new format, he said.
The Afghan government refused to take part in the talks just a week after a massive bomb blast in Kabul killed at least 64 people and wounded hundreds on April 19.
The cartoon illustrates a brawny ape with President Erdogan’s face – turned red and puffy – squashing a slim woman resembling Dutch columnist Ebru Umar.
In the caricature, called “The long arm of Erdogan”, the Turkish president stands on a rock labeled “Apenrots,” Dutch for “ape rocks.” The word is also used to refer to a place in The Hague where the Foreign Ministry’s premises are located.
The Dutch cartoon is a reflection on the latest developments in Ankara’s crackdown on freedom of speech in Turkey and beyond.
Umar’s case appears to be the most recent in the growing log of media crackdowns in Turkey. She was arrested on Saturday over tweets Ankara said “insulted” Erdogan, and released on Sunday on condition she stays in Turkey and reports to the police.
In another case, earlier in April, German TV comic Jan Böhmermann read out a poem accusing Erdogan of child abuse and inclination to bestiality after Ankara expressed anger at a satirical clip by rival show Extra 3. Responding to Turkey’s demand to indict Böhmermann, Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed him to be prosecuted under a little-used law dating back to the 19th century.
Merkel’s decision created a storm in Germany, with some critics accusing the government of making concessions to Ankara and saying the EU is largely dependent on Turkey to stem the flow of refugees.
On Tuesday, German prosecutors said in a statement that they want to interview Böhmermann to decide if there are any grounds to proceed with his case.
In Turkey, the opposition media are under severe pressure from the government. Previously, the Cihan news agency was raided and seized by the police, just days after a similar action against the popular opposition newspaper Zaman.
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