Yet another ‘Paleostinian’ leaves his mark internationally…
Man pleads guilty to deadly ‘Islamist’ knife attack in Hamburg supermarket
Ahmad Alhaw “declares that he takes responsibility for the very serious crimes he committed, and explicitly recognizes his guilt regarding all the charges,” the defendant’s lawyer Christoph Burchard told judges in the high-security courtroom.
Alhaw took a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) knife from the shelves of a supermarket last July, using it to kill one and wound six in the assault. He was arrested after passers-by overpowered him.
Charging him with murder, as well as six counts of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm, prosecutors said he acted with a likely Islamist motive.
He told interrogators that the crime “had some connection with events on the Temple Mount” in Jerusalem, where Israeli authorities had recently imposed access controls for Muslim worshippers, prosecutor Yasemin Tuz told the court.
“The results of the investigation show that the accused sought out his victims indiscriminately, retaliating against people who in his view represent perpetrators of injustice targeting Muslims,” prosecutors had earlier said.
“It was important to him to kill as many German nationals of the Christian faith as possible. He wanted his actions to be viewed in the context of an Islamist attack, and understood as a contribution to jihad worldwide,” they added.