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Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2015 4:28 a.m. PST

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Stone, 23, and his friends Skarlatos, 22, an Oregon National Guardsman, and Sadler, 23, a student at Sacramento State University, were on the high-speed train, which was traveling via Belgium, when a man armed with a Kalashnikov, an automatic Luger pistol and a box cutter raced through the car. The men tackled and subdued the gunman, who was taken into custody in France.

French authorities identified the gunman as Ayoub El-Khazzani, 26, a Moroccan with ties to radical Islam who may have traveled to Syria. His lawyer, Sophie David, said on French TV that her client claims he was just homeless and hungry and wanted to rob the train and then jump out a window.

enfant perdus24 Aug 2015 4:53 a.m. PST

And "he found the weapons in a park"!

Texas Jack24 Aug 2015 4:53 a.m. PST

This guy´s story is unbelievable. He says he found the Kalashnikov in the park where he sleeps. He didn´t want to hurt anyone, just rob them so he could eat. I was born at night, but not last night. Sheesh.

clibinarium24 Aug 2015 5:45 a.m. PST

Lawyers are duty bound to put forward the explanation of events offered by their clients, even if its laughable, and that's not infrequent. For instance Michael Stone attempted to storm into the Stormont Assembly to murder certain individuals therein, and failed shambolically.

His defence, which he stuck to consistently, was that the whole thing was a piece of performance art. This did not avail him, but points for inventiveness I suppose.


Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2015 11:12 a.m. PST

For Michael Stone I propose another piece of performance art. We should entitle this masterpiece 'The Firing Squad'.

goragrad24 Aug 2015 2:15 p.m. PST

Presumably Mr. El-Khazzani brought along the 8 extra clips , pistol, and knife that he found with the AK because he didn't want to break up the 'set.'

Oddball Inactive Member24 Aug 2015 2:41 p.m. PST

If he had left them in the park where he found the AK a small child might have found the pistol and knife. The child could have been injured. He was just trying to protect the children.

I'm not a defense attorney, but I've been around a lot of them.

Streitax Inactive Member24 Aug 2015 6:58 p.m. PST

The weapons were 'an attractive nuisance' and he is not to blame. The REAL corporate is the irresponsible lout who left those weapons in a public place. It' societies fault I tell you.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2015 7:04 a.m. PST

I like the "attractive nuisance" defense!

Defense attorneys have to come with a defense theory often given to them by their client. It doesn't mean they believe the theory themselves they just need one person on the jury to buy it.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Aug 2015 1:32 p.m. PST

Don't believe it. If he was hungry, why didn't he sell it to a proper terrorist?

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