Forsvarsadvokaten til togterroristen Ayoub el-Khazzani, Sophie David, må tenke at hennes klient har en så dårlig sak at hun like godt kan presentere en tykk løgn: Han var sulten, utmagret og hadde funnet kalasjnikoven nær jernebanestasjonen. Med den ville han skaffe seg penger å leve for av velstående togpassasjerer, skriver Reuters.
«(I saw) somebody who was very sick, somebody very weakened physically, as if he suffered from malnutrition, very, very thin and very haggard,» David told BFMTV.
«He is dumbfounded by the terrorist motives attributed to his action,» she added.
David said the man was barefoot and wore only a hospital shirt and boxer shorts for the police interrogation in Arras, northern France, where the train stopped after the incident.
The Moroccan told David he had found the Kalashnikov he had taken onto the train in a park near the Gare du Midi rail station in Brussels where he was in the habit of sleeping.
«A few days later he decided to get on a train that some other homeless people told him would be full of wealthy people traveling from Amsterdam to Paris and he hoped to feed himself by armed robbery,» David said.
The lawyer said the Moroccan had untreated wounds on his face when he spoke to her through an interpreter. He also told David he did not think he had fired any shots before his gun jammed.
Men dette siste er lett å motbevise: Det ligger en såret mann på sykehus og el-Khazzani skar nesten tommelen av Spencer Stone, amerikaneren som angrep ham.
Kanskje Sophie David tenker at hun ved å stakkarsliggjøre ham kan skape sympati for ham blant trosfeller og gjøre ham til et offer for et urettferdig system?