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Germany: Muslim woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant

I just heard her father on an Egyptian program, this is so heart wrenching. He wants the Egyptian government not be lax in this and not let the perpetrator get away because there is talk he is “deranged”; funny how to convince people it is an isolated incident they end up making the murder as a lunatic but if the case was reversed the head of the state will be responsible and all kinds of nasty things would be said about Muslims. This is an obvious hate crime, the police who did not do their job in the court to keep it safe should be punished too. The mother of the victim is also in a very bad state. May Allah give them patience to get through this trial, ameen.

Woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant

3 Jul 09, source

A woman stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom was three months pregnant, reported German newspaper Bild on Friday.

According to Egyptian newspapers, the woman was Marwa al-Sherbini, a 32-year-old Egyptian national who was suing her attacker after he insulted her for wearing the Islamic headscarf. The attacker, identified only as Alex W., was appealing the €780 fine he was ordered to pay in the libel suit.

Al-Sherbini was the wife of Egyptian academic Elwi Ali-Okaz. He was also hurt in the incident after he tried to help his wife and is in critical condition in hospital. Police are now investigating Alex W. for manslaughter.

“The investigation into this bloody crime is bound to show there are some indications the suspect was hostile toward foreigners – the signs are there,” said Saxony police chief Bernd Merbitz told Bild.

Magdi al-Sayed, press officer at the German embassy in Cairo, said the case was isolated and did not reflect German attitude towards Muslims.

“It is a criminal act. It has nothing to do with persecution against Muslims,” Sayed told the Egyptian state newspaper The Gazette.

The stabbing happened July 1, just before al-Sherbini was to give her evidence. During the struggle, other bystanders were also injured and police fired a shot. Al-Sherbini died in the courtroom.

The 28-year-old attacker was overpowered and is now under investigation for manslaughter, a spokesman for the Dresden prosecutor’s office said.

Chairman of the German judge federation Christoph Frank is now demanding that safety and security measures must be brought up to standard.

“Each individual law court must be examined and security infrastructure put in place to better protect citizens,” he said to the Bild.

The incident recalled a similar scene of courtroom violence in the Bavarian town of Landshut in April, when a 60-year-old man shot his sister-in-law before turning the gun on himself, following an inheritance ruling.

Update on the issue:

Husband of Egyptian pregnant woman killed in German court tells of anger

Update 2:

Thousands Remember Headscarf Martyr: Marwa Sherbini


17 responses to “Germany: Muslim woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant

  1. voiceofmoderation July 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Manslaugter! Are they kidding? Sounds like a double homicide to me.

  2. realistic bird July 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Exactly! Funny how now after the women and her child are dead the man seems “disturbed” but not before when he was in court the previous time.

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  4. mona July 6, 2009 at 9:17 am

    i hope the killer gets the death sentence and burns in hell!

  5. Dr. Ahmed July 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I wish to ask anyone who read this article to close his/her eyes and think what if the scenario was totally the opposite?
    a christian woman with her kid in a playground in a moslem country,
    she wanted a share with a moslem kid, his father who has a beard called her:- “go away with ur cross over ur chest, crusader!”
    then, the police, the court, testimony,, he killed her,,,,,the “moslem” police “accidentally” shooted her husband,,,,
    exactly the same scenario in the opposite way!

    as in the movie “Time to Kill”; 1996
    please watch that movie and try to “FEEL” how the “others” feel!!

    western world are not full of angels and we- moslems- are not the daemons!

  6. realistic bird July 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    What is crazy is the room was full of people no one but her husband tried to stop the man!

    La hawla wala quwata ila billah.

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  7. H Pahad July 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I agree with the other readers, can we imagine the opposite scenario. How did he get a weapon in court, because a muslim is not even allowed a nail clipper in his possession. How was it possible for him to stab her so many times? Why was the German courtroom security so laxed?

  8. H Pahad July 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Who is the terrorist???

  9. realistic bird July 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I haven’t read it in any place yet but on TV they said he took his time like 8 minutes to stab her. I don’t know but 18 stabs are a big number so he was free to do what he wanted, so horrible.

  10. imran July 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    good point, how did he even bring the weapon into the courtroom and how did he manage to stab her 18 times? Why didnt the police intervene or shoot him even before he stabbed her once???

  11. mohammad July 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    this is the means of HUMAN RIGHTS in west.

  12. Sadia July 9, 2009 at 6:07 am

    This looks like it was planned.May Allah punish them all(The Judge and the officers, etc)for their crime. May Allah help the poor dead woman and her family.Ameen!

  13. Mazin July 10, 2009 at 5:11 am


    How can they still be “investegating” still of wheather or not to acuse this man of manslaughter. It happened right in front of them and the judge !!!

  14. farshid July 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    hey westerns its a little example of racism in west.i hope it wont happen again.

  15. abdul July 25, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Asalaam aleykumma to all Muslim brothers and sisters in Islam, first the story its self looks suspicious as know ones gives straight scenarios, but the bottom of the line is our sister who lost her life injustice, first I would say there is no Muslim blood or life being taken for nothing, the man will pay for what he did, today if not tomorrow akhera(here after).
    My advice is, instead of being heart wrenched or felt then let us all Muslim in the world pray ishaALLAH for our sister and do inform our muslim brothers and sisters who are un aware of the incident, this may increase faith and peace to Islam and other religion as well. As the weaken among of us is to take no responsibility and hate, remember we all shall be responsible for our deeds, and this is our responsibility, so let us do some effort inshaALLAH. May she rest in peace Ameen!

  16. Muhammad Zeeshan Ali Khan September 5, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi raj’eon.

    We should help the poor dead woman and her family.

  17. realistic bird September 5, 2009 at 5:21 pm


    How would we do that?

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