Islamist terrorist sentenced in Belfast

The individual known as Abbas Boutrab, a 27 year old Algerian, convicted in Belfast earlier this year on charges of possessing and collecting information “for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”, has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.. except, as the BBC report, he has already served 2 years 7 months on remand and could be released in April next year.. at which point he is expected to be deported. Where he will be deported to isn’t exactly clear as his real identity remains unknown and, as the BBC note –

A senior detective said he remained “a determined terrorist who has become expert in the procurement and forging of false identities” and had “a strong allegiance to a terrorist group that is linked to the al-Qaeda network”.

  • The Lush at chrisbo

    What jail is he going to and will he be safe.

  • Paul Connor

    Rather like the Dunloy people smugglers, I feel the need to ask what exactly made these guys come to this particular part of the world in the first place, usually we find that when a new criminal element rides into a (ny) country on the back of legitimate immigration, they are there in cahoots with a pre-existing criminal element, for mutual benefit, where any local pockets getting lined by the polish mafia’s Dunloy branch? As good as certain I’d say, so was there any local collusion with Mr.Boutrab?

  • Lush, Will he be safe? Will he be safe!!??? WTF? This guy was out to kill you and yours or me and mine. I couldn’t give the south end of a north bound rat if he’s safe or not!

  • Young Fogey

    …thus confirming everyone elses negative stereotypes about Texans!

  • Isn’t it interesting that the safety of the convicted terrorist is worried about, but the negative sterotype is reserved for the Texan commenting on the situation. Y’all are doomed!

    (Try visiting my blog, if you dare!)

  • Harry Flashman

    I’m with you ch, insult an Islamic terrorist or even dare we say it a gay person and you can expect the thought police knocking on your door but hey, dumb red neck knuckle dragging hill billies from the southern United States will always be open for abuse from the same sensitive caring types. The hypocrisy can be breathtaking at times.

  • Young Fogey

    So you don’t think prisoner safety matters either, Harry? Shameful.

    I’m with you ch, insult an Islamic terrorist or even dare we say it a gay person and you can expect the thought police knocking on your door but hey

    Tsk, tsk, you’re just peed off I didn’t fall for your hed herring on the gay marriage thread. I don’t knock on anybody’s door. If someone syas something I disagree with, I argue with them. But when it comes to free speech, I’m an absolutist.

  • Ok Young Fogey, I’ll concede to your point. Won’t you agree with me that this seems to be a light sentence for a terrorist? In fact, did you read about the terrorist just released from Germany after serving only 19 years of a life sentence for hijacking and the beating to death of an American? It seems some in Europe are more concerned with the terrorists and not the victims, IMHO.

  • Young Fogey

    Won’t you agree with me that this seems to be a light sentence for a terrorist?

    Not unless I can see evidence that he was anything more than a fantasist.

    In fact, did you read about the terrorist just released from Germany after serving only 19 years of a life sentence for hijacking and the beating to death of an American?

    Ummm, well an average murder sentence in Germany is 12 years, so he served more than average, presumably due to the hijack and premeditation elements. That might strike you as unduly liberal, but an awful lot less people get murdered in Germany than do in Texas.

    It seems some in Europe are more concerned with the terrorists and not the victims, IMHO.

    Yawn! It seems that some in America (Texas – rampant use of the death penalty, ludicrous hundred year plus sentences, all but officially sanctioned prison rape and widespread abuse of prisoners by prison contractors) are more interested in getting their rocks off on sadistic punishment that they are in justice.

  • Biffo

    ch in texas

    “Won’t you agree with me that this seems to be a light sentence for a terrorist? ”

    Maybe it is a light sentence for a terrorist. It could also be a harsh sentance for a drifter and weirdo.

    He didn’t actually do anything, but he had items in his possesion that that made the police justifiably suspicious.

    He has now been convicted, very inappropriately, in a non-jury court.

    The police have put out a statement that he is a dedicated terrorist with links to Al Qaeda.

    The truth is they don’t know who he is or what organisation he might belong to, if any – and he didn’t actually do anything, as far as anybody knows.

  • SlugFest

    Young Fogey,

    “It seems that some in America” … please know that it is in fact only ‘some’! 🙂

  • ch in texas

    Young Fogey, It seems my attempt to draw the discussion to some middle ground is met only with more insults of my country. Appeasement will do that.

    Biffo, You have accused HMG of a miscarriage of justice. Maybe you should contact your MP.

  • Biffo

    ch in texas

    I was thinking more along the lines of – hand him over to your boys and have him extraordinarily rendered, then we’ll know for sure.

  • ch in texas

    Biffo, We’ll get it outa him. We’ll only feed him Irish soda bread, while listening to my President recite Shakespeare! 🙂