"I AM A MUSLIM BASED ON THE VALUES OF MERCY AND KINDNESS' THE ASSASSIN OF FATHER HAMEL TOLD THE JUDGE. LePoint http://www.lepoint.fr/justice/saint...tice-27-07-2016-2057285_2386.php#xtor=CS2-239 Adel K., 19 years. He was identified as one of the two authors of terrorist hostage-taking in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Tuesday, July 26 in the morning. Why, despite two failed attempts to depart to Syria to join jihadist troops, was he released on March 18 after ten months in custody? It's March 2015, two months after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. For some time now, the schoolmates of Adel K. no longer bump into him in the streets of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray. Still a minor, he has tried to travel to Syria. He passes through Germany, but the authorities across the Rhine manage to stop him and return him to France. The youngster is then placed under investigation for "criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise" and is subjected to judicial review. Some time later, a legal adult in the meantime, Adel K again tries to reach Syria. An international arrest warrant is then issued against him. Passing through Switzerland, Adel K. manages to reach Turkey, where he is arrested. On May 22, he returns to France and is imprisoned. According to information from LeMonde, who obtained the court documents of Adel K., the young man has a bad time in prison and was "suicidal". In front of the magistrate, he assures regretting his attempt to depart. "I want to take up my life again, see my friends, get married," he says. In October 2015, the judge orders an investigation of his personality. The findings will be reported to the judge in February 2016. Adel K. has professional projects. He talks about working in medical and psychological help. On the side of his family, it is ensured that he might be employed as a facilitator in a municipal leisure center. With regards to religion, the young man assures that he is not an "extremist." "I am a Muslim based on the values of mercy, on the values of benevolence," he explains. For the judge, this disturbed young man "is aware that he has made mistakes. (...) He would be determined to start the steps leading to integration. " His parents "sincerely think he knows he was wrong and he will try not to leave again." They will bring im "supervision" and "support", the judge certifies. But the Paris prosecutor thinks little of all these arguments and appeals the order of the judge proposing to place Adel K. under an electronic bracelet. In his closing speech, revealed by Le Monde, the prosecutor concluded: "Although he has reported a mistake and requested a second chance, there is a very high risk of renewal of the facts in the case of release."The order is confirmed by the investigatory chamber and Adel K. is released from prison on probation at the home of his parents. It is at this time that his friends from college and high school begin to see Adel K. again on the streets of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray. Enough to please some who have not seen him since the end of high school and ask him for news. But the "friendly, smiling and joking" college kid some remember has changed. "Everyone knew about his radicalization. He had become a little strange, no longer spoke to many people. He lingered a lot near the left bank theater in Saint-Étienne," Typhaine says, who was at the Paul Eluard college with him. "On the Koran of Mecca he said, I will attack a church. He said that to me two months ago when we came out of the mosque. On the life of my mother, I did not believe it," another relative recalls, who frequented the local mosque. Fitted with an electronic bracelet, Adel K. can only leave home in the morning on weekdays between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm. A window of time during which, on Tuesday, July 26, he was able to put his threat into action in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray. BBM They all knew. They opted to look the other way.