Prosecutors to ask for life for German killer of 'veil martyr'

German prosecutors said they would push for a life sentence against a killer of a pregnant Egyptian woman, known as the "veil martyr", in a hate crime.

Prosecutors to ask for life for German killer of 'veil martyr'


World Bulletin / News Desk

German prosecutors said they would push for a life sentence against a killer of a pregnant Egyptian woman, known as the "veil martyr", in a hate crime.

Prosecutors in the eastern city of Dresden said Alex W, a 28-year-old Russian-born German, was motivated by "a pronounced hatred of non-Europeans and Muslims."

The murder of Marwa al-Sherbini erupted mass protest in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Iran.

Marwa took her 3-year old son Mostapha to play in a Dresden park. A German man, identified only as Axel W, insulted her because of wearing headscarf and called her a "terrorist". She filed a case against him in German courts after the incident.

When she won the case, the court fined him the €780 for having abused her. But German man appealed against the verdict.

She was killed and his husbend wad badly wounded when she was in German courtroom to give her evidence against appeal.

A psychiatric expert has found no evidence that the man is unfit to stand trial, they added.

Prosecutors said they would seek a life sentence.

Further information on when a trial might take place would be published later in the week, they said.

In addition to murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, prosecutors charged the assailant with attempted murder and bodily harm for his attack on el-Sherbini's husband, Elwy Okaz.

Son of Marwa were present in the court room. German officials rejected to hand over son to Egyptian embassy and set him to an orphanage after incident.

World Muslims have harshly criticised Germany and German media to fail to condemn the killing as intellectuals have waited apology from state.



Last Mod: 26 Ağustos 2009, 15:16
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