Amid world condemnation over the murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom, the German government says it should not be held responsible for the incident.
More than a week after the brutal murder of Marwa al-Sherbini sent shockwaves around the world, Iranian government... Show More >>Amid world condemnation over the murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom, the German government says it should not be held responsible for the incident.
More than a week after the brutal murder of Marwa al-Sherbini sent shockwaves around the world, Iranian government advisor Zahra Sajjadi accused the German government of orchestrating the incident.
Sajjadi, in a recent interview with Fars News Agency, called for the formation of an international fact-finding committee to find the real reason behind the German court's failure to ensure Marwa's safety.
German government spokesman Thomas Steg rejected the accusation on Thursday, saying the claim was "absurd".
Christian Avenarius, a spokesman with Dresden prosecutor's office, has also argued that there was "absolutely no evidence" that el-Sherbini would have been in danger in the courtroom.
Marwa, who was about four months pregnant, was suing her neighbor for insulting her and calling her a terrorist for wearing an Islamic head scarf, when the defendant approached the witness stand and stabbed her 18 times in front of her 3-year-old son.
Her husband, who had attempted to shield his wife, was shot by security guards who had confused him with the assailant.
While the incident has shaken the Muslim world to its core, the German state and media have ever since been in a state of denial.
The Tehran government has called for legal action against the German court officials who stood by and watched Marwa get stabbed to death.
Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi said Tuesday that the German judicial authorities who were present at the scene should be prosecuted for "sheer inaction".
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, has charged Germany with double standards on human rights and has asked the UN Security Council to take appropriate action over the incident.
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