Tuesday, May 17

Glasgow Shopkeeper Asad Shah Murderer Tanveer Ahmed Given Life Sentence



A taxi driver has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 27 years for the murder of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, travelled from Yorkshire to confront Mr Shah about clips the shopkeeper had posted online which he said “disrespected the Prophet Muhammad”.

Watching a clip featuring Mr Shah on his phone as he made his way to Glasgow, Ahmed was heard in a message saying: “Listen to this guy. Something needs to be done. It needs nipped in the bud.”

He pulled out a knife and stabbed the 40-year-old at his store in Glasgow’s Shawlands area on 24 March.

Ahmed, from Bradford, had pleaded guilty to the murder last month.

From Glasgow, Sky News’ James Matthews said: “Inside court, a section of the public gallery was filled by supporters of Tanveer Ahmed.

“As he was led away from the dock he faced them, raised his hand on the air, and shouted in Arabic.

“One told Sky News he said: ‘Muhammad is the prophet, he is the only one.’

“They returned the sentiment, with a collective voice, as the killer was forced down stairs into the holding cells beneath court.”

Mr Shah, described as “a pillar of the community”, was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

The court heard that Ahmadiyyas differ from other Muslims in their belief that the Prophet Muhammad was not the final Prophet.

Mr Shah and his family had moved to Scotland from Pakistan in the 1990s to escape persecution.

His final Facebook update offered Easter greetings “to my beloved Christian nation”.

Sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow, Judge Lady Rae said the killing was an “appalling display of merciless violence”.

She said Ahmed had carried out a “brutal, barbaric, horrific crime”, for which he had shown no remorse.

“You seem oblivious to the fact that you have devastated a family,” Lady Rae told him.

She said she accepted that the crime was not the result of prejudice against the Ahmadiyya community but that it was religiously motivated.