Why was Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam booed by fellow inmates upon arriving at jail?

Why was Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam booed by fellow inmates upon arriving at jail?
Guards outside prison where Salah Abdeslam is being held. (Image: YouTube screen grab via BBC News)

The man accused of being the “brains” behind the Paris terror attacks that killed 137 last November was jeered by other inmates upon his arrival at a French prison Wednesday. The Daily Mail notes that Salah Abdeslam spent his first night in Fleury-Mérogis prison after being extradited from Belgium.

So what was the reason for the Bronx cheer? Was it because the other prisoners are men of conscience who have no patience for cold-blooded mass murderers? Nope. It is because, they like Abdeslam, are radicalized Muslims, and they were expressing their disapproval over Abdeslam’s failure to martyr himself by detonating his suicide vest during the Paris onslaught. Dishonor among thieves?

His court-appointed attorney, Sven Mary, apparently doesn’t think much of the 26-year-old terror suspect either, telling reporters, “He is the perfect example of the GTA [Grand Theft Auto video game] generation who thinks he lives in a video game.”

Abdeslam’s older brother, Brahim, was among the more “successful” Paris suicide bombers, meaning he managed to blow himself up at a crowded cafe, even though he failed to kill anyone other than himself. Footage of his botched effort was captured by cell phone.

Salah Abdeslam will be held for his own protection in solitary confinement, with extra security measures in place to prevent him making contact with other prisoners.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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