The latest information on last week’s murder of Fuat Deniz is that there isn’t much information. A criminology expert at the University of Stockholm thinks it’s unlikely that there was a political element to the murder of Dr. Deniz.
Well… Read all the material and decide for yourself. There’s not much to go on, except for the fact that Dr. Deniz and other Assyrian Christians in Sweden had been warned that bad things would happen to them if they didn’t leave off their preoccupation with the Ottoman genocide of the Assyrians.
“The killer knew what he was doing”
Time may be running out for the police in the hunt for the killer of Fuat Deniz.
So says Jerzy Sarnecki, professor in criminology at the University of Stockholm.
“Had you asked me on the day of the murder, I would have been sure the murderer would be caught. Now I’m not quite so sure,” says Sarnecki to Orebro.expressen.se.
The knife murder of the university professor Fuat Deniz last week is a mystery.
There is much leading to the conclusion that the police are groping in the dark in their investigation. Tips are flooding in, but officially there are as yet no hot leads as to the identity of the culprit, and the motive is as yet unknown.
Many suspect political disagreement, pointing to the research that Deniz amongst others did on the Assyrian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, a very controversial topic in some circles.
But Jerzy Sarnecki doubts that.
“I don’t think that is terribly believable. That type of forceful confrontation does not exist in Sweden, and I don’t believe a foreign power has sent a secret agent.
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“But of course you can’t rule out a political motive. Both the murder of Anna Lindh as well as Olof Palme, if you — as do I — think Christer Pettersson was the killer, were in some ways political even if they were about insane acts without big conspiracies behind them.”
There are also circumstances that point towards the murder being planned, Sarnecki thinks.
“If it is true that there only was one stab in the neck, you can see that as indicating the murderer knew what he was doing.”
His teaching position could also have been a source of conflict.
“Professors have significant power. They decide the grades and within boundaries decide the future of people. Historically, this has led to violence,” Sarnecki asserts, while he agrees that the case of Fuat Deniz is significantly more complex than other Swedish murders.
“Obviously it is a special case; there are indications in very many directions. He could have become the victim due to belonging to a minority, being a researcher, a teacher, or a private person.
“Murders in Sweden mostly happen in connection with family- and love-related disturbances or in scenes with intoxicated people. None of this seems to be the case here.”
The murderer still on the loose
That more than a week has gone by without the police having any solid leads as to the culprit is disheartening, thinks Sarnecki..
“Had you asked me on the day of the murder, I would have been sure that the culprit would be apprehended. Now, I’m not so sure.
“In most cases, the murderer is caught relatively fast, but every day that goes by makes the chances for his capture smaller.”
Hat tip: Steen.