Virginia Hale – April 4, 2018
Two men have been spared jail after they burst into evening service at a convent warning nuns they must either convert to Islam or go to hell.
The 26- and 28-year-old defendants were released from court in Verdun, northeast France last week, with the magistrate citing diminished mental responsibility at the time of the incident, when he said the men were suffering from psychiatric disorders.
For having inflicted “psychological violence” against the nuns they urged to convert, the prosecutor requested that each man be given a 10-month suspended prison sentence, local media reports.
“There is no link between your actions and terrorism,” the president of the court told the defendants, explaining: “The terms and expressions used, while they had the effect of disturbing the sisters, are not specific to radical discourse nor were they intended to frighten.”