Bin Laden shirt sends soccer fan to court

2012-11-17 08:20

Paris - A football fan who had a Paris Saint-Germain replica shirt printed with the name of Osama Bin Laden on the back found himself in court on Friday, charged with defending terrorism.

The 21-year-old, who bought the shirt in the club store on the Champs-Elysees, was arrested after a shop assistant reported him saying he wanted to honour the memory of the late al-Qaeda leader.

In court, the accused denied the comments attributed to him and defended his purchase as a joke.

"I've seen a lot worse than that - shirts with Adolf Hitler on the back for example," he told the court.

The prosecutor had initially proposed restricting the legal follow-up to a simple caution but the case came to court because the accused did not respond to a summons.

As a result, the prosecutor is now seeking a €300 fine. The judge will deliver his verdict on 21 December.

  • khaedu - 2012-11-17 08:34

    I am sure if I go wearing Jacob Zuma's I would be hanged

      steele.oyle - 2012-11-17 12:24

      Only in orania, brakpan and all other upclass towns where khaki short pant are fashionable

  • thethird.wors - 2012-11-17 08:51

    Geez... I think we are taking things a bit farr here.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-11-17 09:49

    Absolute retardation.

  • Happyness - 2012-11-17 09:51

    How pathetic, it is a t shirt for heavens sake. Besides, Bin Laden was just a pawn in America's \terrorism\ propaganda.

  • sigqibom - 2012-11-17 10:23

    So stupid of Paris. That's his hero

  • shahied.mohamed.9 - 2012-11-17 11:16

    Wow....scared of the dead !!!

  • alimayet - 2012-11-17 11:28

    NEWS24 SHOULD JOIN BBC with Hogwash like this!!!!!

  • sikender.raidan - 2012-11-17 14:11

    From Countries that cry foul when the third world countries ban freedom of expression. Double standards... Haven't you seen T-Shirts with pictures of CHE-GUEVARA and GEORGE BUSH?.......

  • matusowsky - 2012-11-17 17:30

    Poor guy being punished for having an awkward sense of humour lol.

  • Minesh Ramjas - 2012-11-17 18:19

    In no way do i support any movement or activity that mr Laden was involved in but im thinking shouldn't we send ppl wearing zuma shirts to court for defending corruption just a thought.....

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