Murder of imam in Germany: media and authorities covered up Pakistani origin of perpetrator and again made a lot of noise about the alleged right-wing extremist perpetrators

Following the beating to death of a 26-year-old imam with Pakistani roots in the street of Ebersbach on the River Vils in the German state of Baden-Württemberg on Monday last week, the public outcry in Germany was very restrained. The usual speculation regarding a right-wing extremist or Islamophobic background to the crime did take place – but very cautiously. The police also kept a conspicuously low profile and only reported that they had started a manhunt for “two men”.For this reason – and also because the perpetrators were not properly described – attentive observers had suspected early on that it was more likely a matter of a domestic or milieu crime from the victim’s social environment than a xenophobic attack. The fact that the description of the witnesses was published instead of the description of the perpetrators seemed particularly absurd to many.Leading German newspapers like ” Bild” eagerly promoted the narrative of the evil right-wing radicals who allegedly lurked around every corner: “Anything is possible, a domestic crime, an act of revenge. Or a racist murder. The very idea is unbearable.” Equally interesting: Austrian media did not pick up on the murder until today. Probably because there was no document from the German press agency, which certainly knew from day one that it was not a xenophobic act.The murder victim was considered a “liberal, sincere, warm-hearted and completely peaceful person” among his fellow believers. He came to Germany as a refugee in 2012, worked part-time as a taxi driver in Esslingen and in the evenings as a pizza delivery man in Ebersbach. Now, one week later after the brutal crime, it is definite: As the public prosecutor’s office in Ulm announced, the brother and the life partner of the killed man have meanwhile been remanded in custody under urgent suspicion of the crime. He is said to have a four-year-old son and a daughter (6 months) with her. The woman had initially appeared as a witness to the police. She was quoted in the newspapers as saying that one of the masked attackers had a conspicuously large white nose.The woman with a migration background who possessed a German passport was married to the murdered man according to Islamic law. During house searches at her house and at the house of the imam’s Pakistani brother, various pieces of evidence were seized which confirmed the suspicion against both of them. The investigators suspect the motive to be “family-related” – the usual paraphrase in officialese for crimes of revenge or code violations in the broadest sense, such as honour killings or honour punishments. Religious reasons could also have played a role.Civil society campaigners in the “fight against the right-wing” have been unlucky once again with their storytelling: unfortunately, the case is no evidence of allegedly ubiquitous “racist” or “Islamophobic” violence. Rather, it was a purely “inner-Pakistani family affair” for which the south-west German province was only the picturesque backdrop.

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