Khazzani is accused of boarding a high-speed train in Brussels bound for Paris on Friday armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, Luger automatic pistol, nine cartridge clips and a boxcutter.
Witnesses say he opened fire, injuring a man before being wrestled to the floor by three American passengers and tied up, until the train stopped in the northern French city of Arras where he was taken into police custody.
Khazzani has denied any intention of waging a jihadist attack, saying he had merely stumbled upon a weapons stash and decided to use it to rob passengers, according to Sophie David, a lawyer assigned to his case.
Oh, how stupid do they think people are?
You don’t start randomly shooting people to rob them. And a train is a very bad place to rob someone, as you can’t exactly slip away.
“He is dumbfounded that his act is being linked to terrorism,” she told BFM-TV, adding the suspect who is believed to have lived in Belgium describes himself as a homeless man.
“He says that by chance he found a suitcase with a weapon, with a telephone, hidden away,” said Ms David, who is no longer representing him as Khazzani has been transferred to Levallois Perret near Paris where he is being questioned by counter terrorism officers.
Worst defence claim ever.
A Spanish counterterrorism source said Khazzani had lived in Spain for seven years until 2014 and came to the attention of authorities for making hard line speeches defending jihad, as well as once being detained for drug trafficking.
I don’t think this will take a jury long.