The mother of a backpacker who was murdered in an Australian hostel wrote an open letter to US President Trump, falsifying and rejecting his attempt to label the incident as an ISIS-inspired terror attack.
After US President Trump claimed that the murder of a backpacker in an Australian hostel was an ISIS-inspited terror attack, the victim’s mother writes him an open letter falsifying and rejecting his claim.
Donald Trump’s Claim
The murders of the 20-year-old Mia Ayliffe –Chung and 30-year-old Tom Jackson in August last year were a couple of the 78 attacks on a list the White House claimed were “executed or inspired by” ISIS, and were “under-reported by the media.”
The Facts of the Case
Rosie Ayliffe, in an open letter to the US President, said that this is completely false and that the possibility of terrorism was ruled out early in the investigation.
Police in Australia did allege that the suspect, Smail Ayad, had shouted “Allahu Akbar”, a Muslim Arabic phrase meaning “God is Great,” at the time of the attack. However, there was no indication that the murder was motivated by extremist Islamic views.
Instead, the police are investigating whether French 29-year-old Ayad’s attack was motivated by a romantic obsession he may have had with the victim.
According to Ayad’s lawyer, the suspect was given a preliminary diagnosis of schizophrenia, and so the case was referred to the Queensland state Mental Health Court, in order to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
The Mother’s Letter
“My daughter’s death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people,” she wrote.
“This vilification of whole nation states and their people based on religion is a terrifying reminder of the horror that can ensue when we allow ourselves to be led by ignorant people into darkness and hatred.”