Marwa Ali El-Sherbini (Arabic: مروة الشربيني; October 7, 1977 – July 1, 2009) was an Egyptian pharmacist and handball player who was killed in a courtroom at the Landgericht in Dresden, Germany, by a man against whom she had testified for previous xenophobic insults against her.
Marwa was born in 1977, the daughter of chemists Ali El-Sherbini and Laila Shams from Alexandria. In 1995 she graduated from the El Nasr Girls' College, where she was the students’ speaker. She was also a member of the Egyptian national handball team 1992−1999.
Moving to Germany
In 2005 she moved with her husband to Germany. They lived first in Bremen and since 2008 in Dresden. Her husband, a lecturer at Minufiya University, researches in the field of genetics and is doctoral candidate in Dresden’s Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. They have one son, who was born in 2006. Marwa was three months pregnant with her second child at the time of her murder.
Verbal abuse and criminal case for insult
In August 2008 Alex W. (a German of Russian origin, not identified by full name in line with common practice of German authorities and media concerning criminal suspects) shouted abuse at Marwa in a Dresden playground, calling her an "Islamist", a "terrorist" and a "bitch" in a dispute about her 3-year old son, who was apparently playing on a swing that his niece wanted to use. El-Sherbini was wearing an Islamic headscarf.
Marwa brought charges against him for insulting behaviour and he was fined 780 euros by the Amtsgericht in Dresden. The Public Prosecutor filed an appeal to achieve a higher penalty because of the openly xenophobic character of the incident, since Alex W. stated "You don’t have the right to live here" at the time of the first trial.
The appeal hearing started in the late morning of July 1, 2009. Eight persons were present in the courtroom: a panel of one professional and two lay judges, the prosecutor, Alex W. as the defendant, his defence counsel, Marwa El-Sherbini as witness for the prosecution, and her husband and son as members of the public. No security personnel was present, as is usual in cases where no security problems are anticipated and no person under arrest is present.
After Marwa El-Sherbini testified, 28-year-old Alex W. leapt across the courtroom and attacked her in front of her husband and son. Alex W. stabbed Marwa 18 times, killing her. Some witnesses allege that he shouted "You don′t deserve to live" as he attacked her. A policeman who was in the court building testifying in an unrelated case was called to the scene and mistakenly wounded Marwa's husband by a shot in the leg while the latter was attempting to protect his wife. He had already been critically wounded in the attack.
Emergency services were called at 10:26 CEST and four ambulances were dispatched, but the victim died on the scene.
Alex W. was arrested on the scene and is being held on remand and investigated on a charge of murder.
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