Some people think New Zealand does not have radical Muslims thirsting for jihad

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

An Auckland man has pleaded guilty to possessing, making and distributing extremist Islamic videos which featured footage of people being beheaded and burned alive.

Imran Patel, 26, admitted the charges at Auckland District Court this afternoon, just hours after 27-year-old Niroshan Nawarajan became the first person in the country to admit such offending.

Patel’s situation is more serious because he distributed the videos, whereas Nawarajan was only charged with possession.

The cases are unrelated.

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”.

The question is:  why can that only be revealed now?   What is the purpose of hiding these threats to New Zealand behind court ordered secrecy?

Especially when this wasn’t a one-off incident.

And only six weeks before that incident, he was convicted for intimidating a former New Zealand Muslim Association president at his Sandringham home, where one man allegedly yelled “jihad will start from here”.

Earlier, Nawarajan pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting police, resisting police and breaching bail, as well as the objectionable material charge.

The 27-year-old was found with six video files, featuring titles such as: “Flames of war” and “Massacre of the Shias”.

According to reports from 2014, Flames of War is a 55-minute video released by Isis highlighting the Islamic State’s seizure of the Syrian Army’s 17th Division base near Raqqah.

Captured Syrian soldiers are shown digging their own graves and are then shot point blank before falling in the ditches.

The narrator reportedly explains the Islamic state is trying to establish Allah’s law on earth but are being attacked by Assad, the Americans, the West and various other foes.

Some of this bubbled over in the media at the time as the general troubles reported around the Avondale Mosque, but the public was never made aware of the true extent of radicalisation and general threat to safety.

These two men are clear and present dangers to the New Zealand way of life.

So what is going to happen to them?

Judge Russell Collins ordered Probation to interview both defendants and asked staff to consider the possibility of a community-based sentence.

I honestly don’t know what to say, other than I have a very heavy heart.


– Rob Kidd, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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