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Title Four Corners: Gangster Jihad
Published Australia : ABC, 2014
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Summary Khaled Sharrouf; is he a jihadist or simply a criminal? He shocked the world by tweeting pictures of himself and his child holding the severed heads of people executed by Islamic State (IS). Khaled Sharrouf casts himself as a religious warrior fighting to create a caliphate in the Middle East. But a close look at his life tells a more complex story of a young man with a history of drug taking, mental illness and violence. Overall one question recurs: is he a religious zealot or a criminal thug who used his muscle in the building industry?"Khaled Sharrouf is not bad, he's mad. There's no less than five psychiatrists that I know who have diagnosed him with very significant mental health issues." - Sharrouf's former lawyerThis week, reporter Marian Wilkinson investigates the extraordinary life of Khaled Sharrouf, from petty criminal and underworld heavy to barbaric terrorist fighter."... He certainly appears to have become involved with some people who were involved in some pretty serious criminal activity and a couple of people in fact who were murdered, ultimately." - Police OfficerSharrouf's notoriety began when he was arrested by police, charged and found guilty of a terrorism offence in 2005. Since then, he has recast himself as an enforcer for hire. These days, former associates don't like to talk about their relationship with Sharrouf, but Four Corners has found evidence from various sources about the way he worked with figures in the building industry and how he came to the attention of law enforcement agents after an alleged extortion threat against one of Australia's most prominent construction companies.It's clear that while Khaled Sharrouf may have had some powerful allies, he also made some dangerous enemies."I believe that Khaled Sharrouf was afraid for his life and that's what made him decide to leave Australia and use his brother's passport to escape, because he was concerned that he will be the next one to be shot." - Muslim Community LeaderOne other question remains. How did someone with a criminal conviction, who was on a watch list and under investigation, get out of the country using his brother's passport?
Event Broadcast 2014-11-03 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Criminals -- Mental health.
Radicalism -- Religious aspects.
New South Wales -- Sydney.
Form Streaming video
Author O'Brien, Kerry, host
Houda, Adam, reporter
Wilkinson, Marian, reporter
Alex, George, contributor
Benbrika, Abdul Nacer, contributor
Carlo, Tony Di, contributor
Daoud, Jamal, contributor
El-Kholed, Yehya, contributor
Fitzpatrick, Brian, contributor
Kaldas, Nick, contributor
Malinowski, Tom, contributor
Moroney, Peter, contributor
Nettleton, Karen, contributor
Noonan, Dave, contributor
Quirk, Andrew, contributor
Rifi, Jamal, contributor
Stoljar, Jeremy, contributor
Westerway, Doug, contributor
Whealy, Anthony, contributor
Wilkinson, Marian, contributor