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Salafist jailed for stabbing police officers

The Local · 19 Oct 2012, 14:50

Published: 19 Oct 2012 14:50 GMT+02:00

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The 26-year-old Turkish-German was convicted of grievous bodily harm, breaching the peace, and resisting a law enforcement officer.

A member of the fundamentalist Salafist branch of Islam, the man, named only as Murat K., by German media, he confessed to stabbing two police officers, which he justified with his religious beliefs.

Murat K. said during his trial, "one cannot expect from a Muslim that he remain calm when the prophet is being insulted." He declared the Bonn district court as illegitimate and said he only answered to Allah.

The man stabbed the officers in the thigh when a demonstration turned violent after members of the right-wing group Pro-NRW publicly displayed cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the cartoons showed Muhammad with a bomb in his turban, Focus magazine reported.

Twenty-nine police officers were injured and more than 100 people were arrested during the demonstration in front of the King Fahd Academy in Bonn, held in the run-up to the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The man's attack on the police officers was caught on video tape, and both officers later required operations for their injuries.

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16:01 October 19, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Murat K. said during his trial, "one cannot expect from a Muslim that he remain calm when the prophet is being insulted."

He has learnt well from his time in German, after all, beleidigung always has been a one way street..........
16:58 October 19, 2012 by William Thirteen
and one cannot expect the state to remain calm when someone stabs its police officers in their thighs!
18:07 October 19, 2012 by Englishted
"He declared the Bonn district court as illegitimate and said he only answered to Allah."

The put him in prison until "he who must not be caricatured" comes and vouches for his good behavior .
18:22 October 19, 2012 by intensive_care
good move.... you cannot take your anger on someone who is not the party but rather a person who makes sure that you are safe. Also if you act the way idiots do, there is no difference between you and them.

So a salafist behind bar.... now when are they going to put those politicians, policemen and intelligence officials behind bar who covered up neo-nazi terrorism.
19:30 October 19, 2012 by rwk
Six years isn't long enough. I think 20 would be about right. But even more importantly, can he be reformed? Won't he still be a threat upon his release? Perhaps he will be granted a one-way ticket to Afganistan, and his passport revoked.
20:29 October 19, 2012 by StoutViking
6 years? Suuure, that'll give him just enough time to recruit "like-minded-people" from within the penetentiary system, and in less than 10 years time we'll be reading of how he planned a terror act in Germany.

If he answers only to Allah, then let him live where they live by his god's laws. Deport him.
22:15 October 19, 2012 by iSlam-mudslime
6 years for stabbing 2 police officers?! Have Germans been neutered?

I agree with @StoutViking - He should be sent to where they live by their god's law.

Germany does not need this kind of harrassement on its culture!
22:28 October 19, 2012 by Edward Teach
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23:38 October 19, 2012 by mo_slum
I wonder how many Salafists (and variations) are there in Germany.
02:52 October 20, 2012 by Pakistani
watha hell is a "salafist"???..... the west seems to invent new breeds of "Moslems"(as they pronounce it) as they find convenient........... how about "not muslims"........... ?????????? if a nazis are a Germans then all germans are nazis right?----------------- anyway, some kind of behavior no group of people or "nation " would allow.................. making a cartoon or an idol of muslims' final prophet is like making a hitler salute ................ i.e. forbidden............... if you wanna make peace with these fanatics, you would have to respect their religion (unless it oppresses a human being- man or woman).
09:19 October 20, 2012 by zeddriver

Three things.

1. We call Murat K. And others like him a Muslim. Because that is what he calls himself. He also justifies his abhorrent behavior in the name of Islam.

2. Even in your own post you said we need to respect "his religion" Which he claims is "Islam" and gives him the right to kill those he doesn't agree with.

3. With respect to the "all Germans are Nazi's because Nazi's were German". Well welcome to my world of being hated and threatened with death. Simply because I'm an American.

And beyond that. I take it from your user name that you may be a follower of Islam. If you and your brothers in Islam do not agree with what these radicals are doing to and in the name of your religion. Then I suggest you and your brothers in Islam start to clean up your own house. Other wise the west will continue to do it for you. Which to be honest. Is not our job. It is Islams job to watch out and take care of those that are corrupt from within.
12:31 October 20, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
All the same what happens to him. He will either cost the state money in prison or cost the state money whilst out of prison. Hopefully whilst in Prison he is sharing a cell with Mike Tyson.
20:54 October 20, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
Go to Texas and do that .... hummmmm ... you might live long enough to draw a breath ... your last ....
21:26 October 20, 2012 by raandy
Six years for stabbing ,trying to kill two German Police officers, soft way to soft. Next he will get cookies and milk at bed time and his xbox.
00:00 October 24, 2012 by Pakistani
@ zeddriver

my name suggests that I am a muslim? :)........................ I am a christian ............ BTW churches in PK are allowed to ring their bells.. it's not like in germany or any other "enlightened" land where you can be at most a jew just cos it is the new fashion to favor jews after screwing them over for a looong time.

if you wanna call these radicals muslims then let's start calling hitler a christian :)........ christians hate jewish people so much that they killed them like ants.... .... does that sound good?..........

"Other wise the west will continue to do it for you"

the "west" is not doing it by itself , we are helping (especially Pakistan) it getting rid of the backlash of it's own doings....otherwise you wouldn't have any luck......take the example of americans and the coalition in afganistan.......without Pakistan , the "coalition" would be in deeper 't than it is now...oil and minerals is what the west wanted to get . They had little anticipation that their self made animals would bite them back . thank americans & co for introducing extremist "islam" to get rid of russia's growing influence in and around the sub-continent-

being part of the societies that looted foreign lands to prosper and committed genocide of precious human lives like they were killing ants, you should refrain from using the word : otherwise. your prosperity has innocent blood all over it.

lastly people like this bearded freak should not only be punished but should be made an example. BUT the main point is that the media is making a fool out of you. You follow what you are told. AND your own "enlightened" nations thrive off conflict.......so nothing would happen............... is that wrong????
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