An original translation by Michael Laudahn:
Like a model, Damir A (23) poses in the swiss army’s uniform. But in reality, his heart beats for a very different army: for the warriors of god, the muhajedin, who leave their lives in the fight for Allah.
Accordingly, the swiss having bosnian roots captions his army photos: ‘Bosnia will forever be my country. I just pinch their knowledge, then I’ll take it with me to Bosnia.’
On his Facebook page, Damir A publishes poems: ‘A prayer of intercession for all those brothers who died in the war, and who never could see the first steps of their children’, writes he. ‘This is where the way of faith commences.’
According to the Neuchâtel public prosecutor, Damir A belongs to a criminal gang such as Switzerland has never seen before.
Islamists blackmailing, torturing, intimidating their victims. Trying to proselytise for islam. Who seized and controlled the marijuana trade in the Le Locle and La-Chaux-de-Fonds region.
Three young men continue to be in remand. Damir A, Issa J (24), Hares A (24).
The swiss, the chechen and the afghan are charged with fencing, coercion, illegal restraint, extortion, bodily harm, drug-related delicts. ‘During my career as a public prosecutor, I have never experienced such systematic methods of extortion’, says Nicolas Feuz. ‘It sure is worrying.’
Already in 2008, the gang begins its criminal activities. They call themselves Jamahat. They record a rap song, where they say: ‘It always centres around where to get the damned money from’. ‘We interrogate, we cheat.’ And: ‘When we do that, then only to have our own means.’
They continue to establish and expand their criminal network. Issa is the leader of the gang. Damir and Hares are his ‘lieutenants’, according to public prosecutor Feuz. Shortly before its dissolution, the gang devoted to radical islam counts at least 15 members.
‘Hares forced me to subscribe to 2 cell phone contracts – each costing 200 franks CHF – per month’, says a victim (19) preferring to remain anonymous. The cell phones he received were sold by the gang.
‘They abducted me into a cellar’, says another young man (29). He was forced to sell drugs for the gang. ‘They tied me to a chair, Issa thrashed me.’
So far, there are more than 30 victims. Police are looking for more people conned, like also for a cave in the region, where the clan maintains a marijuana plantation.
Issa came to Switzerland as a refugee. ‘He believes strongly in islam’, says a Jamahat member. ‘For hours, he told us how great his religion is. Basically, everyone here with us is a moslem. Issa showed us that Allah is great.’
Hares A’s aunt does not believe that her protegé is religious. ‘If he were, he would never had done all these things’, says she. He came to her in Switzerland when he was 12. ‘He lost his father during the war. He was always difficult, he never listened to me.’ During these last years, she hardly ever saw him. ‘He tried to hide from us what he was doing.’
And also Damir A, born in Bosnia, has a disturbed relationship to his family. ‘He only caused us problems, police continued to visit us’, says his father.
The last time police were there to visit the A family was on monday 26 november: ‘They came to pick up Damir’s assault rifle, says a neighbour. ‘His mother handed it over to 2 officers.’