Gunman had some 20 previous brushes with Belgian law: media

14th December 2011, Comments 16 comments

Nordine Amrani, the lone gunman whose killing spree in Liege claimed four lives including his own, had already had around 20 brushes with the law in Belgium, Belgian TV reported late Tuesday.

"In total, he had already come before Belgian justice more than around 20 times," RTL television's website reported.

Contacted by AFP, Liege prosecutor Daniele Reynders could not be reached but a Belgian judicial source confirmed that Amrani's history and the scale of his run-ins with justice was well known to the police and magistrates.

RTL reported that in 2007, Liege police discovered rocket-launchers, an AK-47 rifle and pump-action shotguns among a cache of arms running to 9,500 pieces, for which he landed a near five-year jail term the following year.

Belgian officials told AFP he had been released on parole in October 2010, a spokesman for Belgium's prisons service saying he was not aware of any cross-surveillance with a Belgian national centre for threat evaluation, OCAM.

However, another official said Amrani, 33, was known to former interior minister Annemie Turtleboom.

A spokesman for her was not available when contacted by AFP.

© 2011 AFP

16 Comments To This Article

  • batobantelis posted:

    on 15th December 2011, 16:31:00 - Reply

    "If anything he would have been a victim of marginalizing due to race by many of the Christian fundamentalist commenting here"

    I have no question against the muslims.. whatever they do 'good or evil, those are part of ther religious culture...and their religous freedom to exercise too!
    Belgium have welcomed them, so they must tolerate and embrace such 'culture'
    They appropriately call it cultural diversity or 'rich culture'! So be it!

    We are only commenting against the social and moral correctness of media...They hide the truth, or call black as white, or white, black. then went away with such treacherous hypocrisy scot-free!
  • batobantelis posted:

    on 15th December 2011, 16:15:44 - Reply

    To molest another woman while having a wife, is a person who has a notorious sexual appetite or preference for polygamy.

    BUT NO. the Media did not say he was a muslim. That is to protect his dignity as a person and not to offend his human rights...
    The government must protect all the human rights of all the people and races in Belgium!
    The Muslim practicing jihad must never be discriminated! They must be given absolute freedfom to exercise their religious culture.
    In Islam, killing infidels are justified and must be given some rights protected by religious freedom.
    LOL!!! I pity the Belgian human beings!

    My sincere sympathy to the families whose lives were permanently destroyed by this lone criminal.
    They died because of somebody's human and religious rights too!

  • DividedNations posted:

    on 15th December 2011, 04:45:52 - Reply

    The United Nations and the New World Order is responsible for the Islamic Jihad because they believe everyone is equal but its obvious people are different and a certain Way Of Life should be Outlawed World Wide and teach them the world is not flat.
  • HATE MUSLIMS posted:

    on 15th December 2011, 01:25:32 - Reply

  • jEWISH posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 19:56:48 - Reply

    omg! this guy was a 'criminal' and 'Belgian' hang 'em ...
  • Ismail posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 19:38:42 - Reply

    It's a pity that christians find this as a god-send opportunity to let lose their hate of Muslims, even though the police ruled out any terrorist motive.
    The man was born in belgium, of moroccan descent, but not Muslim.
    According to an interview with his lawyers, Abdelhadi Amrani and Didier De Quévy, published on the Web site of the Belgian newspaper, La Dernière Heure, he “didn’t speak a word of Arabic and wasn’t a Muslim” and “ felt Belgian.”
    If anything he would have been a victim of marginalizing due to race by many of the Christian fundamentalist commenting here. One of you even goes on to dismiss the Italian rightwinger who targettedly shot dead 4 muslims who was a well known member of a christian fundamentalist group.
  • Getthehellout posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 19:25:44 - Reply

    It's called Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
    Oh Islam the peaceful religion.
  • RudiKelle posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 15:17:52 - Reply

    Just another loopy loser with access to wmd's. Grenades are a nice touch ... cant wait for the next nut-upmanship.
  • guy posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 14:16:41 - Reply

    Its time to Europe to wake up or it will be the end for Europe you have to have a hard stand against Islam
  • hansvdr posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 12:12:19 - Reply

    @ enoch Now I ask you. "if he was a muslim he would not have committed suicide" ??
    Now I am totally confused you guys have suicide squads. You must have heard of suicide bombers! Who is the asshole here. Why are the muslims leaving their own country, because they are so well off?? Men get a life!! Go back home!!
  • paul posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 11:56:49 - Reply

    This took place at the centre of european experiment, with its human rights, racial and religious tolerance and guilt ridden existence, reference illegal wars so we feel compelled to accept millions of "refugees" Get real everybody smell the coffee.
  • Barry posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 11:56:16 - Reply

    Mohammedan terrorist destroys a hundred lives and European press refuses to report the truth: Europe is doomed, in fact, dead. Well, they deserve it anti-semitic qunts that they are.
  • enoch posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 11:31:26 - Reply

    he was a drug dealer, a gun runner just a criminal ... nothing to do with islam , if he was a muslim he would not have commited suicide . , belgium is a carpark who in their right mind would want it ? while you idiots moan abouts muslims the banks have robbed you of everything and will do till you die in poverty ....
    bonyronny how stupid are you , so where do the european muslims go ? they are muslim by faith not by nationality ..idiot
  • Bonyronny posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 11:23:24 - Reply

    Its time Europe sends all Muslims back to where they came from.
  • Jo posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 06:53:49 - Reply

    Inshallah he is a martyr. He weanted 2 use the rocket launcher on Xmas Day
  • Errol Haner posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 05:23:49 - Reply

    Freedom of the media?? The man was a Muslim Extremist, it was well known!! He belong to the Islam4Belgium extremist group!!! Do you need another 9/11 scale of attack before you accept the fact that Islam wants Belgium. Go look in the muslim mosque's today, he will be declared a martyr and what will the so called free media say then, that the habits of the evil disrespectful Belgium were the cause? Why don't the "free media" just ask all Belgians to wear burkha's and get the farce over with? If a muslim wounds and kills people in Belgium the media calls it an act of violence of a solitary man with an unknown motive, when a guy in Florence kills 2 Senegalese muslims, then its immediately the act of a crazed far right racist Christian so much for the media. You dishonor the poor Belgium that were murdered today, you dishonor the Belgium that were wounded today, you dishonor the history of your country and your unwillingness to print the truth is a victory to groups like islam4Belgium.