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Pregnant 'hijab victim' stabbed 18 times in German courtoom

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sherazade Wed 08-Jul-09 13:35:28

In front of her 3 year old son:

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8136500.stm

Her husband, rather than the attacker, was shot by a guard as he tried to save her.

can you believe this happened in a courtoom?
she was also pregnant.

very , very sad.

ZZZenAgain Wed 08-Jul-09 13:40:17

that's very sad. I am sure the German guard was trying to shoot the attacker and not the husband but he must have moved into the line of fire as he tried to protect his wife. At least I imagine that is what happaned. How awful also for the poor little dc who saw it happen.

I am not that surprised that it happened in a courtroom tbh because it's a place where emotions can run very high but I am surprised he was able to take a knife in with him as the accused.

sherazade Wed 08-Jul-09 13:46:46

yeh but you'd think that after maybe one..two..ten stabbings someone would have stopped this. but to be stabbed eighteen times in a higly secure area surrounded by armed guards? according to the german prosection, the guard mistook the husband for the attacker because of his 'ethnic' looks.

ZZZenAgain Wed 08-Jul-09 13:54:17

I don't know all the ins and outs of it sherazade but I can tell you that Dresden is in the former East Germany and generally anti-foreigner resentment is quite high there and also becoming very open so I am sadly not all that surprised at the insult and the attack as such. I would say the German police and German security guards are not the types to mess with on the whole, so I agree if the poor woman was stabbed 18 times , it seems strange that the man could not have been stopped much earlier.

Very sad.

A friend of mine whose husband is African told me he was once attacked by a group of people in East Berlin in a casino. His friend managed to call the police, however when they came they did nothing about the attackers, instead they arrested the badly beaten up African for disturbing the peace. I would not have thought it possible if I had not known the couple personally.

Hope at least the dad will recover and be able to look after his little boy. Awful

ZZZenAgain Wed 08-Jul-09 13:58:55

possibly because he had called her a terrorist and she was prosecuting, they were not really expecting any serious trouble, especially physical violence as they would have if he had he for instance been accused of physically attacking her IYSWIM. That might explain why they were not close at hand to intervene. Really don't know. Have not heard anything about it before reading your post.

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