Fuat 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:
Hat tip: TB.