Since the first days of the story, it seemed likely that there was a political motive for the murder, based on Prof. Deniz’ area of research — the Ottoman genocide against Assyrian Christians — and the fact that he and some of his Assyrian colleagues had been threatened.
But now the Swedish police have arrested a suspect, and politics was apparently not involved. Instead it was, like so many murders, a family quarrel:
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Police in Örebro have confirmed that university lecturer Fuat Deniz was related to a 42-year-old man being held in connection with his murder.
Police said that an old feud between the two family members constituted the most likely motive for the killing.
“The political motive is no longer valid,” police spokesman Torbjörn Carlson told SVT.
The suspect was questioned by police on Thursday evening and the investigation is said by Carlson to be progressing well.
Prosecutors have applied for the suspect to be remanded in custody, with a hearing scheduled for 1pm on Friday.
Deniz, 40, was stabbed in Örebro University’s sports complex on December 11th last year. He died of his injuries two days later. Police in Örebro have questioned hundreds of people in a wide-ranging investigation into the murder.
There are still peculiarities in this case — such as the fact that Prof. Deniz was “stabbed” in the neck, in classical jihad fashion, as well as the earlier threats against Assyrian academics — but it now seems unlikely that they will ever be fully explained.
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Hat tip: TB.