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Fmr. Malaysian PM tweets ‘Muslims have the right… to kill millions of French people’

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Update: After this story posted, Twitter issued an alert to Mohamad’s tweet saying it “violated the Twitter rules about glorifying violence,” but that the platform “determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad posted a thread of tweets early Thursday in which he justified Muslims ‘killing millions of French people’ as a form of revenge. The tweet comes as news continues to develop surrounding a terrorist attack on churchgoers in Nice, France on Thursday that killed three people and injured many others. News from the attack is still developing.

Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth didn’t immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment via Twitter Direct Message in which he was asked:

‘Does the following tweet by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia violate Twitter rules? Also, does Twitter plan to remove the tweet over its incitement of violence, especially considering the context of the terrorist attack in France?’

On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Commerce Committee where he said the speech of world leaders, including the incitement and antisemitism by Iran’s Ali Khamenei, is typically protected as “saber rattling.” Dorsey also admitted that Holocaust denial doesn’t violate Twitter’s rules.

The terrorist who carried out Thursday’s brutal attack in Nice shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, as he carried out the attack, according to reports.

The attack comes amid growing tension between French President Emmanuel Macron and leaders of Muslim countries over cartoons circulating around France of the Prophet Muhammad. Macron defends the publication of such cartoons and has condemned the many Muslim nations pushing a boycott of French goods in response.

Thursday’s attack also comes just days after a Paris teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded for showing cartoons of Muhammad to his class.

The former Malaysian PM said he didn’t approve of the beheading of Paty, but said “Muslims have the right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past” and added that the Muslim countries’ boycott of French products amid the dispute with Macron “cannot compensate the wrongs committed by the French all these years.”

The following is his threat that remains on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/chedetofficial/status/1321765587530338304

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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