Friday, 10 July 2009

A murder that Germany ignored

...infact, almost the whole of Europe for that matter. The following article outlines some of the reactions following the brutal courtroom murder of a 32 year old Egyption mother. Tragic story, filled me with despair, disgust and disbelief.

The headscarf martyr: murder in German court sparks Egyptian fury

Woman was stabbed 18 times during hijab trial
• Outrage at lack of media coverage fuels protests

It was while Marwa el-Sherbini was in the dock recalling how the accused had insulted her for wearing the hijab after she asked him to let her son sit on a swing last summer, that the very same man strode across the Dresden courtroom and plunged a knife into her 18 times.

Her three-year-old son Mustafa was forced to watch as his mother slumped to the courtroom floor.

Even her husband Elvi Ali Okaz could do nothing as the 28-year-old Russian stock controller who was being sued for insult and abuse took the life of his pregnant wife. As Okaz ran to save her, he too was brought down, shot by a police officer who mistook him for the attacker. He is now in intensive care in a Dresden hospital.

While the horrific incident that took place a week ago tomorrow has attracted little publicity in Europe, and in Germany has focused more on issues of court security than the racist motivation behind the attack, 2,000 miles away in her native Egypt, the 32-year-old pharmacist has been named the "headscarf martyr".

[The rest of the article can be found here]


My Getaway said...

This story really upset. Inshallha her little son and husband will be ok. The guy was able to stab her 18 times? To me that's a sign that non of the police were even trying to help her.

My Getaway said...

Salam Fatty. You've been tagged. check it out on my blog.

Nailz-In-Aus said...

so sadd =(

Fatty said...

@My Getaway: It's just incomprehensible. Really. How the racist murderer was ever allowed to take in a knife with him does not make sense. May Allah grant her jannat and her family ease and comfort in this horrible situation.

P.S. Oooh I shall check out the tag thing!

@Naily: (hope you don't mind me calling you that btw, you're nick is toooo long!) Tis is.