Karim Benzema, in line with his lawyer, Hugues Vigier, has complained that he has been drawn into an issue for electioneering functions, and that it’s affecting his kids as a result of they see that “they accuse their father of being a terrorist”, and denies the accusations that he’s an Islamic fundamentalist.
In an interview with France Information radio station, Vigier charged towards what he described as “hateful blackmail” by French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, who challenged the footballer to disclaim what he had claimed about his hyperlinks with the Muslim Brotherhood and his “selective indignation”.
Darmanin stated Thursday that if Benzema needed to “present his good religion” he needed to publish on his social media a message condemning the jihadist assault on October 13 in Arra, through which a instructor was killed in his highschool, simply as he had proven his solidarity with the Palestinians within the Gaza Strip, within the framework of Israel’s offensive.
The athlete’s lawyer replied that his consumer is just not the one who has to indicate his good intentions, however the minister, who ought to must “have the political braveness” to confess that what he stated about him is “false”.
For Vigier, Darmanin‘s phrases final Monday through which he identified the alleged closeness with the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist motion banned in some nations, however not in France, have been “devastating” and have a “dramatic” influence for Benzema.
He stated that final night time he was speaking to him and the soccer participant informed him: “I’ve heard so many issues about me and so many unfair issues. However now it is my kids, it is my kids that suffer as a result of their father is accused of being a terrorist.”
The lawyer, who was satisfied that this controversy that has been set in movement “for pure electioneering” will solely serve to feed Islamophobia and the acute proper, affirmed that the spiritual apply of the footballer “is just not radical in any respect, under no circumstances”.
Furthermore, he identified that when he informed him over the telephone concerning the reproaches made to him by the Minister of the Inside for his proximity to this fundamentalist group, he stated: “I do not know what the Muslim Brotherhood is. I do not know what this group corresponds to, what’s its spiritual or political message in a selected approach”.
In keeping with the lawyer, the footballer had heard the title of that group “however with out understanding what the time period corresponded to”.
Le Pen enters the talk
In Darmanin’s tirade towards the previous French worldwide, right-wing politician Marine Le Pen weighed in on the talk, for whom “it’s clear that there’s complicity of Benzema with essentially the most radical Islamism that some could name Islamic fundamentalism.”
The minister spoke of “infamous hyperlinks” of the participant with the Muslim Brotherhood however with out offering concrete proof, claiming that it’s a propaganda software of a rigorist conception of the Muslim faith and that this group makes use of the notoriety of some personalities to popularize that imaginative and prescient.