Muslim group condemns "religiously prejudiced" murder in Scotland

A group representing British Muslims on Saturday condemned the "religiously prejudiced" murder of a Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland, after police said they had arrested another Muslim man suspected of involvement in the killing.

"I condemn the murder of Asad Shah that took place in Glasgow. I understand the perpetrator of this religiously aggravated crime has been arrested and charged," Shuja Shafi, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain, said in a statement.

Shah, 40, was stabbed and beaten outside his convenience store in Glasgow's Shawlands area on Thursday evening.

Police Scotland called the murder "religiously prejudiced" and said they arrested a 32-year-old suspect on Friday. Both Shah and the suspect were Muslims, the police told local media.

"There is no place for hatred of this kind and I condemn it utterly," Shafi said. "My thoughts are with the family of the victim."

Shah had posted a message on Facebook on Thursday afternoon, about four hours before he was killed, wishing a "very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation," the Scottish Daily Record reported.

Several hundred people attended a silent vigil for Shah organized by local residents on Friday night. 

"Glasgow is and should continue to be a place where people of different faiths, cultures, et cetera, can live together as friends," organizers Nisreen Sharif and Eildon Dyer said.

Last update: Sat, 26/03/2016 - 13:02
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