Egyptian’s alleged murderer charged in Germany

25th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The death of the 31-year-old Egyptian, dubbed the "veil martyr" and who was expecting the couple's second child, fuelled anti-German sentiment in Muslim countries including in her home country and Iran.

Berlin -- German prosecutors said on Friday that a man held over the suspected Islamaphobic murder of an Egyptian woman in a courtroom on July 1 had also been charged with the attempted murder of her husband.

The Russian-born German identified only as Alex W. had been under arrest for allegedly stabbing Marwa al-Sherbini at least 18 times in front of her three-year-old son and her husband in a courtroom in Dresden.

The death of the 31-year-old Egyptian, dubbed the "veil martyr" and who was expecting the couple's second child, fuelled anti-German sentiment in Muslim countries including in her home country and Iran.

The alleged killer, who previously called Sherbini an "Islamist" and a "terrorist", also stabbed her geneticist husband Elwi Ali Okaz, who was shot in the leg by confused police who took him for the attacker.

Alex W. is a "Spaetaussiedler" ("late emigrant"), the name given to Eastern Europeans of German descent entitled to German citizenship who have settled in Dresden in large numbers and who are a fertile breeding ground for neo-Nazis.

AFP/Expatica

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