London—A man accused of murdering an Ahmadi shopkeeper of Pakistani origin in Scotland’s largest city Glasgow issued a statement saying he attacked Asad Shah because he disrespected the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Shah, 40, was found with serious injuries outside his store last month and was pronounced dead at hospital. Police described the killing as “religiously prejudiced”.
Shah, who moved to Glasgow from Pakistan in 1998, had recently posted a message on Facebook wishing people a happy Easter, “especially to my beloved Christian nation”.
Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in northern England, appeared at a preliminary court hearing in Glasgow Wednesday and afterwards issued a statement through his lawyer admitting his guilt.
“Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet,” the statement said.