Sweden: Muslim community fears violence after attack on elderly couplehttp://islamineurope.blogspot.
An elderly couple was attacked last Monday when trying to park their car in the Swedish town of Landskrona. [...] [A] young man (23) ... became so upset, he threw the car door on the 71 year old man, Sven, who fell down. The young man then started beating the 71 year old.
The older man's 78 year old wife, Inger, tried to intervene, but was punched in the face and fainted.
The younger man fled in his car. ... The 71 year was in shock and had injuries to his face and back. The 78 year old ... died of her injuries Wednesday.
[A]t least 20 people who say the suspect was the murderer.
The suspect is described by his former school friends as shy and quiet. "He was calm and composed and a good student," said one of them.
"We are deeply shocked and saddened and have difficulty understanding that this tragedy has really happened," said Othman Tawalbeh to the TT news agency outside Sofia Albertina church.
Ashraf Mahjoub from one of the muslim associations ... [is] unhappy that the 23 year old suspect held by police, who denies all involvement, had his identity and address put out on facebook.
"His family have been threatened. He is convicted in advance." he told TT.
In his speech he protested against the "we and them" attitude spreading in society.
"Violence has no ethnicity, it has no religion," he said in response to the online hate-campaign against the suspect, who is of immigrant background.
Four Islamic and Arab associations called for a press conference in order to calm the unrest in Landskrona after the fatal beating of Inger, 78. Though the associations call it an accident, while the police classifies it as a murder.
[s]aid Said Hadrous, head of Islamic group 194 in Landskrona:
"We have a feeling that there's an agenda of a certain party which, unfortunately, wants to exploit this situation to their advantage."
The associations treat the murder very seriously, but also warn the incident can "cause xenophobia in our society".
"[P]eople shouldn't generalize."
The suspect's ... family shared their condolences with the family of the deceased Inger (78), but also said: "We are very worn out and do not feel good at all, our children have been badly affected and scared. The accident caused us enormous grief in our lives."
The family says they've received death threats after the suspect's identity was published online, and one of the brothers said he doesn't dare let his children go to school. The suspect's wife got a call from someone saying they'll kill her children.
The 36 year old brother said his wife and children have left Landskrona. They can't sleep but are terrified and do not feel good at all....
According to the suspect's lawyer, the suspect denies everything. His lawyer also said that the suspect was threatened by phone and by internet, that those threats have racist characteristics and that he's taken it up the issue of his protection with the police.
Ferki Hamad, an imam in Landskrona, has known the family for several years.
"Their situation is very complicated. They've got phone calls all night yesterday and the day before. Those who call say 'we will kill your children'" he says.
He thinks the police should take the threats seriously and compares the situation with a case where a rape suspect boy and his family recieved police protection after they were threatened.
"In Landskorna it's about somebody [ the 78 year old woman] who died. This is bigger. I think that the police need to take greater responsibility for the family."
Ferki Hamad was very surprised when he heard of the suspicions against the 23 year old, whom he describes as quiet and well-behaved.
Police detective Tommy Lindén says that the family is safe in Landskorna and that from his experience, they're playing the victim card in order to give them a better negotiating position. The police have mobilized in Landskrona to meet the increased risk of violence. For those who still feel insecure, but do not have the financial means to leave town, the municipality is ready to help.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Shy and Quiet Innocent Muslim Yoot accidentally beats to death a 78 year old woman in Sweden.
Potential Muslim victims fear possible violence from Swedes after one Muslim is arrested for accidentally beating to death a 78 year old woman and beating her 71 year old husband.