May 12, 2009

Non-Sarcastic Good News: Omar Bakri Mohammad Facing Death Penalty (UPDATED)

Sorry this is a couple of days old, but I've been preoccupied with finals. As long time readers know, we have had a very public and long standing running online feud with the followers of Omar Bakri Mohammad.

Much of the shocking Islamist extremism coming out of both the U.K. and the U.S. can be attributed to Mohammad's followers. For instance, recall the rally against the Muhammad cartoons at which placards reading "Behead those that insult Islam" could be seen. These weren't just random Muslims outraged over religious criticism, it was a group of Bakri Mohammad's followers who organized the rally and handed out the signs to those that showed up.

So, even the mere hint that Bakri Mohammad faces the death penalty is enough to break out ....... hmmm, should we rip off Ace and go with cowbell or stick with the M.C. Hammer?

Stop. Hammer time!

Before you get too excited, the way I read the story it sounds as if Omar Bakri Mohammad has already been convicted, but yet remains out on bail pending sentencing. The article mentions that he was talking to his followers from a "secret hideout". I don't know diddly about the Lebanese justice system, but I find it hard to imagine that someone facing the death penalty would be out on bail.

Nevertheless, fingers crossed people. Fingers crossed. Jihad Watch:

Exiled hate preacher Omar Bakri faces death by hanging after being found guilty of training Al Qaeda terrorists.
Thanks to Glen.

UPDATE: Okay, some one with some knowledge of some of the details that didn't make it into the story emailed a few clarifications. Bakri was actually convicted in abstentia, so that explains why he's still out of jail: he's on the lamb.

But the Lebanese really can't be looking all that hard for him. We know he's in Tripoli -- the home base of al Qaeda in Lebanon -- and he continues to carry on correspondence with his followers from his "secret hideout" -- his house.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:12 AM | Comments |