Mother, uncle of 'Jihad' convicted in French court

Mother, uncle of 'Jihad' convicted in French court

PARIS - The Associated Press
Mother, uncle of Jihad convicted in French court

A file picture taken on December 149, 2012 shows Bouchra Bagour, the mother of a three-year old named Jihad who was born on September 11, leaving Avignon's courthouse after an audience of her trial for sending him to school in a top with "I am a bomb" written on it. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

A French appeals court has convicted a woman and her brother of "justifying a crime" after her toddler son - named Jihad - went to preschool in a T-shirt bearing the words "I am a bomb" and "Jihad: Born on Sept. 11."

Bouchra Bagour was given a 2,000-euro fine and a one-month suspended prison sentence and her brother, Zayed, received a 4,000-euro fine and two-month suspended sentence in southeastern Nimes on Friday.

Prosecutors had appealed after a lower court in nearby Avignon acquitted the defendants in April.

Gaele Guenoun, the mother's lawyer, said by phone she was astonished the verdict was overruled. The case centered on a teacher's complaint after the boy, whose birthday is Sept. 11, wore the shirt to preschool last year. The brother had the shirt made.