Irish lecturer John Dowling had allegedly ‘insulted the Prophet Mohammed' beforebeing murdered in cold blood outside the Paris university where he taught, his killer has told French police.
Now Ali R. – the Pakistani national under arrest for the killing – has confessed that he held a personal grudge against the teacher after failing his exams last year, and particularly hated Mr Dowling.
Ali – whose surname has not been disclosed by the French authorities – is due to be indicted for murder in Paris today for the attack outside the Leonardo de Vinci private university in La Defense business district.
"He produced a drawing, which he showed off in class, insulting the Prophet Mohammed," Ali said, according to Ms Denis.
Mr Dowling had taught English and international relations at the university for two decades, and had made numerous friends there, including plenty of overseas students.