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Family of 'veil martyr' files case against Dresden judges

The Local · 3 Dec 2010, 12:03

Published: 03 Dec 2010 12:03 GMT+01:00

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Marwa El-Sherbini, dubbed the “veil martyr,” was stabbed to death in a courtroom in July 2009 in a racially motivated crime that outraged the Muslim world.

The 31-year-old was stabbed by Russian-born Alex Wiens at least 16 times with an 18-centimetre kitchen knife. She was three-months pregnant with her second child. Her three-year-old son, Mustafa, watched her bleed to death in the courtroom.

Sherbini’s husband, Egyptian geneticist Elwy Okaz, rushed to her aid but was also stabbed and then shot in the leg by a police officer who was unsure who was the attacker.

Wiens said he was acting out of revenge after El-Sherbini, who wore a headscarf, had pressed charges against him for calling her a “terrorist,” “Islamist” and “whore” during a dispute over a playground swing in August 2008.

He confessed to the crime during his trial, which resulted in a life sentence.

Sherbini’s family has now filed a case, called a Klageerzwingungsverfahren in German, to force the higher regional court to review their accusations against the court officials present the day of the murder, who they say did not properly insure her safety.

During Wiens’ trial, Sherbini’s husband Okaz complained of insufficient security measures in the courtroom. He also filed a criminal complaint against the court for negligent homicide.

Despite knowledge of Wiens’ “criminal intent” there had been no special security arranged, one of the family’s lawyers said at the time. But state prosecutors dropped the case, saying it lacked evidence.

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Courts in Saxony have increased security measures since the murder as a result of the tragic murder.

The family’s latest case to force further review is unlikely to be addressed before the new year, court spokeswoman Karin Haller said.


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13:51 December 3, 2010 by Wabit
Wiens is a classic example of the scum that walk amongst us!! Scum such as this should should never have been allowed to see the light of day but should have been strangled at birth!!!!!

This case must indeed go to the high court where justice and not only be done but be SEEN to be done. Damn the filth that walks among us........
15:59 December 3, 2010 by marimay
She was so pretty. :(
18:40 December 3, 2010 by DinhoPilot
This shows how biased and wicked this so called "pure" society is...

Never ending stupid war... Racism and hate! No one bothers to do something positive, instead people sit in their pcs and enforce their hatred.

World Cup is in Russia in 2018... let's hope things are more civilized by that time. (I say this because in Russia there is an extreme acts of violence against immigrants...)
21:06 December 3, 2010 by surj
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22:41 December 3, 2010 by DinhoPilot

Dude I hope you are not trying to justify another crime... I am not Arab, Islamic or what so ever but you must be smokin' pretty hard stuff! Crime is crime no matter who commits and under which name;

Jihadists, terrorist, nazis, war lords, presidents, citzens, whites, yellows, blacks all the same useless scum if they all cause suffering and destructions of live.
22:51 December 5, 2010 by wenddiver
Pretty ludicrous to blame the Judge. They were the family whose mistaken beliefs made her wear a veil that screamed to the World I am a member of a group that believes you should either be forcibly converted or killed.

That caused violence, big surprise!
16:32 December 9, 2010 by SkowronekTheLark
That woman was at the wrong place at the wrong time. That is called bad luck. She didn't die for a cause. To call her a martyr is highly blasphemous.

Of course, the family of a woman who wore an Islamic headdress can't understand that there are limits to security in a free and open society. They are either imposing their totalitarian worldview on us or trying to take advantage of the situation. Oh well, maybe both.
02:59 October 2, 2012 by Pakistani
@SkowronekThLark : "Of course, the family of a woman who wore an Islamic headdress can't understand that there are limits to security in a free and open society. "

would you teach that crap to your children............. so they would "integrate" with their fellow countrymen (as much u hate , including Muslims).................... what kind of delusion are you in?
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