The Herald reports:
An Auckland man who distributed extremist videos, featuring footage of people being shot, beheaded and burned alive has been dragged from court screaming “Allahu Akbar”.
Imran Patel, 26, launched into the rant as he was jailed for three years nine months before Auckland District Court this afternoon.
“Tell John Key to stop being a slave to America and get out of Iraq. Allahu Akbar,” he shouted, while being restrained by court security.
It is understood to be the first person in the country to be sentenced over so-called terrorist material and the Crown said he had an “utter lack of insight and remorse”.
I hope once he is released, authorities keep a very close eye on him. Or buy him a one way ticket to another country.
In October, the Mt Roskill man sent text messages to 52 people with a link to an ISIS-made video, with accompanying words about revenge.
The montage showed 14 prisoners lined up before two men shot them in the head one by one.
“Each slumps to the ground after being shot”, the summary of facts said.
Patel received a warning from his cell provider the following day about the content of the message but went on to text a similar link 24 hours later.
The next video showed people in orange jumpsuits being beheaded by masked men and resulted in further censure by the telecommunications company.
On October 22, Patel was barred from sending messages.
His reaction was to get a new number and address the same 52 recipients.
“For those of you who complained [to the non-believers], remember that you’re a Muslim; please behave like one,” he texted.
So he went and got a new phone number just so he could keep sending out links to the terrorist killings. And he thinks it was un-Muslim to report his behaviour.
Patel has form. The Herald reported in 2014:
Imran Patel allegedly threatened senior members of the New Zealand Muslim Association, which owns the Avondale Islamic Centre in Blockhouse Bay Rd.
The alleged threats arose from tensions between two Islamic factions battling for control of the centre.
Patel and the imam, Abu Abdulla, were among those who had been barred from entering the mosque by the association.
Patel appeared at the Auckland District Court yesterday charged with verbally threatening to kill and/or do grievous bodily harm.
He threatens to kill. He circulates videos glorifying executions. I’m not that confident he is someone who will stop at words.
Oh actually he has gone further:
It can now be revealed that just over a year ago Patel was jailed for 10 months for holding a large knife to a driver’s throat and threatening to kill him while yelling an Islamic exclamation.
Patel gestured to the driver then ran across the road and held a knife – measuring 20cm – to the driver’s throat yelling, “Allahu Akbar” [Allah is the greatest], and, “I’m going to kill you motherf***er”.
So here is the challenge. This guy has not yet killed anyone, but he seems well on his way to doing so. How do we as a society stop him doing so?