20 Dec 2012

Mother in court over 'bomb' T-shirt

10:01 am on 20 December 2012

The mother and uncle of a three-year old boy named Jihad have appeared in a French court for sending him to school in a top with the words "I am a bomb" written on it.

The boy turned up at his nursery school in the southern town of Sorgues near Avignon on 25 September wearing the sweatshirt which also had the words "Jihad, born on September 11" emblazoned on the back.

The boy's teacher alerted the authorities and a few days later the town mayor asked prosecutors to investigate, AFP reports.

The pair are charged with condoning a crime over the alleged reference to the 9/11 attacks on New York in 2001.

The uncle bought the top and the mother dressed her son in it when she sent him to school that day.

The mother, who is not a known Islamist, says she is astonished at the reaction.

The judge at the court in Avignon agreed to a request by their lawyer for the trial to be postponed until next year for technical reasons and set 6 March as the date for the next hearing.