Teenager ar­rested for joke WiFi net­work name

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A French court has handed a three-month sus­pended jail sen­tence to a teenager who named his do­mes­tic WiFi net­work af­ter the Is­lamic State group, his lawyer said on Novem­ber 4.

“There was no sym­pa­thy for ter­ror­ism! There was only the word ‘Daesh21’,” said lawyer Karima Man­houli, say­ing he would ap­peal his client’s crim­i­nal con­vic­tion. Daesh is a widely-used Ara­bic acro­nym for IS. “It was a stupid act by a young man of 18 who can’t ex­plain why he did it,” he said.

The case came to court in the east­ern town of Di­jon af­ter a neigh­bour saw the name pop up on a list of avail­able WiFi net­works in July and called the po­lice.

“There was an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and searches but noth­ing was found. There is noth­ing to sug­gest [my client] shares this ide­ol­ogy. On the con­trary, he stren­u­ously de­nies it,” Man­houli said.

The court handed the youth a sus­pended jail sen­tence af­ter he turned down an of­fer of 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The lawyer said there had been a spate of sim­i­lar crim­i­nal charges since Jan­uary 2015 when au­thor­i­ties were in­structed to quickly pros­e­cute sus­pected cases of sym­pa­thy for ter­ror­ism.

On Novem­ber 13, France will mark the first an­niver­sary of co­or­di­nated ji­hadist at­tacks in Paris that left 130 peo­ple dead.

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