Iranâ€™s Foreign Ministry has summoned the German Ambassador to Tehran over the brutal murder of a Muslim Egyptian woman in a Dresden court.
Herbert Honsowitz was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry to hear the strong objection of the Islamic Republic to the brutal murder of Marwa el-Sherbini. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi on Thursday condemned el-Sherbiniâ€™s murder as a despicable act in violation of â€œall human rights and values.â€
El-Sherbini, dubbed the â€œveil martyr,â€ was involved in a court case against her neighbor, Axel W., who was found guilty last November of insulting and abusing the woman, calling her a â€œterrorist.â€
She was set to testify against Axel W. when he stabbed her 18 times inside the Dresden court in front of her 3-year-old son.
El-Sherbiniâ€™s husband, Elvi Ali Okaz, came to her aid but was also stabbed by the neighbor and shot in the leg by a security guard who initially mistook him for the attacker, German prosecutors said. He is now in critical condition in a German hospital.
Pointing to the German governmentâ€™s delayed response to the incident, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that it was Berlinâ€™s responsibility to ensure the rights and security of minorities, especially Muslims, living in Germany.
The Muslim population of Dresden condemned el-Sherbiniâ€™s killing, expressing concern about the consequences of such terrorist attacks against Muslims. Iranâ€™s Foreign Ministry also blamed Western countries for their â€œdouble-standardâ€ and â€œnews boycottâ€ regarding the case.