Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
Germany has for the first time filed charges against a radical Islamist for murder inspired by homophobic motives.
The charges according to German media have been filed now against the 21-year-old radical Islamist Abdullah Al Haj Hasan for attacking a gay couple last year in the city of Dresden, Germany.
The two men were tourists and the attack left a 55-year-old man dead, and his slightly younger 53-year-old partner, both from the state of North-Rhein Westphalia, seriously injured.
The attack happened on October 4th, 2020, when the suspect who had only just been released from jail attacked the couple with a knife. He immediately ran away and was only caught by the police 16 days after committing the crime, not far from the crime scene.
Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said: “Investigations have shown that the dreadful killing in Dresden had an Islamist background. Islamist terror is a major enduring threat to our society that we have to tackle determinedly.”
Abdullah Al Haj Hasan first came to Germany in 2015 and applied for asylum. Although his application was rejected, he was able to stay in Germany under a so-called “tolerated” status that applies to rejected asylum-seekers who cannot be deported.
The man was previously known to the authorities and had a serious criminal record and had been released from a juvenile detention centre only five days prior to the attack, after having spent three years in jail for allegedly planning a suicide bomb attack, as well as having connections to ISIS.
According to previous data, he first came in contact with the Islamic State in 2016, and by the summer of 2017 he was fully converted to radical Islamism. He was arrested by the end of the summer in 2017.
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