Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fuat Deniz Murder: Case Closed

Fuat DenizFuat Deniz was a Swedish university professor of Assyrian Christian background who was murdered late last year in Örebro.

The killing had all the earmarks of a political murder: Dr. Deniz had been previously threatened with death for writing about the Ottoman genocide against the Assyrians. Also, he had been stabbed in the neck, which made the murder look like a jihad operation, based on the Koran: Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks and when you have caused a bloodbath among them, bind a bond firmly on them. (Koran 47:4)

To make matters even more suspicious, the ineptness and incompetence of the local police in their investigation (or lack thereof) seemed willful. It led many of us to wonder if official pressure had been applied from above to put the brakes on the case and prevent the naming of the real suspects.

But it eventually emerged that the crime was part of an old family quarrel. Now Dr. Deniz’ murderer has been caught, tried, convicted, and sentenced. The case is officially closed.

To read the earlier background on the Fuat Deniz murder, see the links at the bottom of this post. Here’s the latest from The Local:

Lecturer’s killer gets ten years

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering Örebro University lecturer Fuat Deniz in December of last year.

An old dispute between the two men, who were related, is thought to have been the motivation for the stabbing.
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The killer visited the university in Örebro on the 11th of December last year for a meeting with Deniz.

When the man finally met up with his relative on university grounds, he attacked the academic with a knife. Deniz was seriously injured in the attack and died from the stab wounds a few days later.

The murder received a great deal of attention, generating concern in Sweden’s Syrian and Assyrian communities that the killing may have been politically motivated.

Deniz was well-known and respected within both communities, and his research dealt with political activists.

Previous Posts about Fuat Deniz:

2007 Dec 15 The Long Arm of the Assyrian Genocide
    16 Silencing Any Discussion of the Assyrian Genocide
    18 Remembering Fuat Deniz
    19 A Political Murder? Unlikely, Says Swedish Expert
    22 Soft-Pedaling the Murder of Fuat Deniz
    25 The Swedish Keystone Cops
    30 Update on the Fuat Deniz Case
2008 Jan 3 Bureaucratic Torpor in Swedish Law Enforcement
    12 Sweden’s Feds Take up the Fuat Deniz Case
    16 The Swedish Police Have “A Person of Interest”
    18 No Turkish Connection for the Fuat Deniz Murder
    19 Old Conflicts Between Cousins

Hat tip: TB.


Anonymous said...

Ten years for murder. Wow...

See, that's why I prefer the Japanese. They just sentenced a rapist and dual murderer to death (he raped a 23 year old woman, strangled her, then did the same with her 11 month old baby).

And a murderer in Europe gets 10 years. A guy, who's been raping little girls, got 6 years in Austria earlier this year (but he won't spend those in prison, no, he'll sit in a special factility for criminals with mental problem, he'll get therapy, will be out in 4 years and then he'll prey on little girls again).

One hell of a justice system we have...

. said...

Thanks Baron, it's nice to see you close this case.

Unlike certain other sites, who when their initial suspicions of Jihadis run amok prove to be wrong, give us nary a peep of follow-up.

Sodra Djavul said...

Yes, I am glad to see this case closed. And I am also glad that it was correctly reported (unlike a certain reptile who shall remain nameless) when the original assumption proved incorrect.

I also second Takekaze's point. 10 years for murder should be considered a slap on the wrist. I certainly don't condone drunken driving, but drunken driving accidents resulting in fatalities would result in more time than that. Drunken driving is criminal negligence to be sure, but in terms of criminality, it's lower on the scale than, say, repeatedly stabbing someone to death.

- Sodra

Dymphna said...

Ah, but y'all haven't heard about
Restorative Justice, have you?

In the most infamous case, a pedophile who had habitually raped a child from the age of seven to nine was given three months' time. There was such an outcry that calls for impeachment began to circulate.

I love the Blue Loonies. Who else but brain-damaged p.c. cultists could come up with such a limp response to the deliberate shattering of a child's life?

Papa Whiskey said...

"An old dispute between the two men, who were related, is thought to have been the motivation for the stabbing."

Excuse me. "Is thought to have been"? Are we to understand that the motive was not definitely established at trial before the accused drew a ten-year stretch?

At the time the arrest was made in this case I had a number of questions, which I raised at

I could still do with some answers to them, and I should think the Assyrian comunity could as well.