Northern Ireland: ‘Very religious’ Afghan Muslim migrant accused of murder demands bail so he can observe Ramadan

APR 12, 2023 12:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER14


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The defense lawyer is banking on the general concern in Western countries for the well-being of the perpetrators, rather than for that of the victims, coming through for Habib Shamel in this case. And he is probably right.

“Afghan migrant accused of brutal murder in Ireland wanted bail as prison service may not allow him to observe Ramadan,” by Thomas Brooke, Remix News, April 11, 2023:

The defense lawyer of an Afghan migrant accused of stabbing a woman to death in Ireland last week has claimed his client should be given bail as the prison service may not adequately accommodate his religious needs during Ramadan.

Habib Shamel, a 26-year-old who arrived in Dublin from Afghanistan in October 2020 and claimed asylum, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Saturday after being charged with the murder of Geila Ibram, a 27-year-old Romanian national.

The court heard how the victim’s mutilated body was found at an apartment building in the Irish city of Limerick on Tuesday. She died from multiple stab wounds during what police say was a “vicious and frenzied attack.”

A police investigation led to Shamel after messages on the victim’s phone revealed a “sexual exchange” had been arranged between the Afghan national and his victim on the day of the attack, and CCTV footage showed Shamel leaving the victim’s address shortly after arriving at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

Shamel, who is understood to have injured himself in the attack, attended the local hospital before fleeing to Belfast in Northern Ireland later that day. He was eventually arrested by local police on Friday.

Shamel’s defense lawyer made a bail application to the court on the grounds that the accused, as a practicing Muslim, would not have his religious needs adequately catered for by the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

“He is very religious and is required to observe religious customs which occur at sunrise and sunset,” the lawyer told the court.

“He also has to fast during set parts of the day due to Ramadan and is also required to wash himself with water after each prayer session.

“We are concerned about the ability of the prison service to accommodate these religious observances,” they added….

Legal aid was granted for the defendant who is due to appear again before the court via video link on May 2.

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