“I said yes, but in my head it was no” Adel Haddadi, jihadist despite himself

According to the Prosecution, this Algerian should have participated in the Parisian attacks if he had been arrested during his entry into the European Union. At Friday’s hearing, he tried without success to convince that the Islamic State organization had simply chosen for its docility.


On the night of October 2nd, 2015, Ahmad al-Mohammad, Mohammad al-Mahmod, Adel Haddadi and Muhammad Usman, parties on the eve of Syria with false passports, were collected on the Greek Island of Leros, in Company of dozens of migrants with whom they sailed on a fortune craft from the Turkish coast. A few weeks later, on November 13, the first two were exploded in front of the Stade de France. The other two did not have the same success in the mission entrusted to them by the Islamic State: they are now in the box of the accused.

Unlike the first two, of Iraqi nationality, passed between the stitches of the police fillet, the Algerian Adel Haddadi and the Pakistani Muhammad Usman had been imprisoned with Leros, betrayed by their lack of knowledge of the Syrian dialect. Released a few weeks later, they had continued their way to the north and had been arrested in Austria, on December 10, without being able to rally France where, according to the investigators, they should have participated in the attacks if everything had happened as planned.

Friday, January 14, the Paris Special Assize Court questioned Adel Haddadi on his belonging to this Kamikazes quartet, and tried to see clearly in his intentions of the time. For five hours laborious, in a hardly understandable French, the 34-year-old tried – without much success – to explain that if he had joined Syria in early 2015, if he had learned the handling of weapons, and If he had been chosen by the senior executives of the Islamic State Organization (EI) to make attacks in Europe, it was independently of his will. Never, he said, he could not have done such a thing: “I said yes, but in my head it was no.”

“They said to me” it’s like that “so I did like that”

Straightened in a miserable life in the suburbs of Algiers, Adel Haddadi takes off for Istanbul In February 2015, without real project, “he says,” At that time, I was a little lost, I asked myself full of Questions about my life. “Arrived in Syria to” make humanitarian “, he integrates the EI, spends his time praying and cook, but recognizes having been briefly trained in the handling of weapons. “Training at Kalashnikov, I do not see what’s humanitarian, surprises the President of the Court, Jean-Louis Perès.

– It’s them who decided that.

– But you did it.

– Yes. I did not ask any questions. They said to me “It’s like that,” so I did like that. “

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