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'Veil martyr' family pursues court officials

DPA/The Local · 14 Nov 2009, 17:48

Published: 14 Nov 2009 17:48 GMT+01:00

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Senior Dresden public prosecutor Christian Avenarius said that a lawyer for the dead woman’s husband had begun legal action six weeks ago.

Last week, Alex Wiens, 28, was sentenced to life imprisonment for stabbing to death Marwa El-Sherbini in a Dresden court room.

On July 1, Wiens plunged an 18-centimetre kitchen knife at least 16 times into Sherbini, 31 and three-months pregnant at the time. Her son, three-year-old Mustafa, watched her bleed to death at the scene. Sherbini had taken Wiens to court after he racially abused her in a children’s playground.

Sherbini's husband, Egyptian geneticist Elwy Okaz, rushed to her aid but was also stabbed repeatedly and then shot in the leg by a guard who apparently mistook him for the attacker.

According to a Cairo newspaper report, Sherbini’s family is accusing the judge who was presiding over the court, and the court’s president, of failing to arrange proper security, thereby making them accessories to her death.

Despite knowledge of Wiens’ “criminal intent” there had been no special security arranged, one of the family’s lawyers said.

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The family is also in discussion with the state of Saxony over compensation, the lawyer said.

Sherbini became known as the "veiled martyr" after her death provoked outrage in the Muslim world.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

18:13 November 14, 2009 by OPB
What a big surprise, the person responsible goes away for life yet that's not enough.
18:56 November 14, 2009 by BR549

I think under the same circumstances you would do the same as him. Sorry, but the entire situation calls for compensation to this family. The Court did nothing to ensure the safety of all, Mother satbbed for 3 minutes with no intervention and dies in front of her child, Father stabbed several times and shot by security and probably crippled for life. Unlike you, I think they are entitled to something over this fiasco.
20:04 November 14, 2009 by Celeon
Could you please stop this "veil martyr" bullshit?

Whats the point in giving this nonsensical and religious agenda motivated description legitimacy by using it for every stupid headline?
20:16 November 14, 2009 by Portnoy
Pretty clear the German court system is on the hook for some liability here. I would think a couple million would suffice. And out of court.
20:31 November 14, 2009 by Jibzy
Well i kind of support the family in what they're doing. But yeah i dont like the over-exploitation of this issue.

That said, Celeon...have some respect and tolerance for the family. To you its bullshit but i guess you wont be saying the same thing if your mother/wife was stabbed 13 times and then the police come and shoot you.

Enough said.
08:59 November 15, 2009 by Meringer
OPB if someone brutally murdered your loved one right in front of you, then assualted you, and the guard shot you instead of stopping he murderer, how much would be enough for you. I know for me, there would never be enough, but I know if it causes some punsihment to the system that let it happen, they may take more precautions in the future and help prevent future courtroom violence. I know in America, many bailiffs are older retired or disabled officers, or people right off of the street with little training and working for minimum wage. And violence happens often in the courtrooms because of it.
09:52 November 17, 2009 by moistvelvet
I don't see this with having anything to do about religion, so I ignore the "Veil martyr" part, this is simply about a neglect of duty to protect, to intervene, just where were those paid to enforce and uphold the law when this woman was stabbed 16 times, imcompetent cowards. I agree that this family has a case and Alex Wiens wasn't the only person to commit a crime that day.
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