Benzema’s lawyers explained on RTL radio Benzema’s lawsuit against Darmanin, who linked the footballer to the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood. He stated that “a person’s name is being dragged just for communicative reasons. With family consequences for those close to him that are considerable.”
“Hearing those words makes some people exclude Benzema and others feel excluded by hearing them…. It is the opposite of what is expected from a person who considers himself a statesman,” Karim’s lawyer said.
France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin’s remarks against Benzema
Gerald Darmanin, France’s Interior Minister, accused Benzema of having links with the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood, which in countries such as France, the United States, Russia or Egypt is considered a terrorist organization.
“We have closed more than 1,100 Islamist centers and I am referring specifically to Mr. Karim Benzema who has notorious links, as we all know, with the Muslim Brotherhood. We are attacking a hydra which is the Muslim Brotherhood that generates a jihadist atmosphere,” Darmanin said on CNews targeting the current Al-Ittihad striker and former Real Madrid player.
Benzema showed his support for Gazans and criticized Israel’s bombardments
Darmanin made these controversial statements after Benzema considered Israel’s bombings against the Palestinian territory unjust.
“All our prayers for the inhabitants of Gaza who are once again victims of these unjust bombardments that spare neither women nor children,” tweeted Benzema.
Darmanin did not present any evidence or argument to prove his claim about Benzema.
Who are the Muslim Brotherhood with whom the French minister links Benzema?
The Muslim Brotherhood was born in 1928 in Egypt, in Ismailia, northeast of Cairo, on the banks of the Suez Canal. Founded by Sheikh Hassan Al-Banna, the Sunni reformist organization set itself two precise objectives: to free the country from the British yoke and to seize power in an Egypt once again imbued with the values of Islam.
The Brotherhood made itself popular by organizing charitable and social activities aimed at both the working and middle classes. This program gave a privileged place to religion, thanks to a popular education movement aimed at ensuring the regeneration of Islam. A key investment in the eyes of Hassan Al-Banna, a teacher by training.
The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and largest Islamist organizations in the Arab and Muslim world, with an extensive network of supporters and members spanning from Egypt to other countries.