Nine charged over attack at controversial mosque

Nine people are facing charges of unlawful detention and causing bodily harm in connection with a brutal attack at a mosque in Winterthur in 2016.

Nine charged over attack at controversial mosque
Winterthur. File photo: Simon Aughton

The former members of the controversial An’Nur mosque appeared before the Winterthur district court on January 29th, Blick reported.

They are accused of attacking two worshippers, locking them up and threatening to kill them.

The pair targeted in the attack are thought to have tipped off a journalist about a controversial sermon given by the mosque's imam. 

In his sermon the imam called for the murder of Muslims who do not participate in communal prayer, and for others to denounce such people. 

The 25-year-old former imam was convicted of incitement to violence last August.

During the investigation, nine adults and one minor were arrested over the attack, but no charges have been brought against the minor.

The accused deny the charges.

Prosecutors have called for prison sentences of 30 to 36 months.

The An'Nur mosque, which has been at the centre of a number of police operations over its alleged support for radical Islam, closed at the end of June last year.

The landlord had refused to extend the rental agreement.

Winterthur is considered a hotspot for Islamic radicalization in Switzerland with at least five young men having left the city to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight for Islamic State.



Driver acquitted over killing of drunk man who lay on road

A driver who ran over and killed a drunk man lying on the road has been cleared of negligent homicide.

Driver acquitted over killing of drunk man who lay on road

The tragic accident happened on a Sunday morning two years ago as a baker was delivering rolls in the canton of Thurgau.

As she was driving along the cantonal road at 6am she failed to spot the young man who had fallen asleep on the carriageway following a party.

The 26-year-old victim, who was drunk, had been on the way to the house of his grandmother when the accident happened.

The driver, travelling at 60 km/hr, failed to spot the young polymechanic in time and ran him over, killing him instantly.

Although she argued she had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, local prosecutors opened a criminal investigation against the driver for negligent homicide.

On Thursday the district court in Frauenfeld acquitted the driver after the judge said she didn’t believe the accident could have been avoided.

Earlier the judge had taken part in an unusual experiment, where the accident was created under the same conditions and at the same spot in the road using a crash test dummy.

The judgment comes just three months after another similar case came to court.

READ ALSO: Swiss court convicts driver for killing suicidal woman who lay on motorway

In June a court in Biel-Seeland convicted a driver of negligent homicide after he ran over and killed a woman who had lain down on a motorway with the intention of committing suicide.

The court ruled that he was driving too fast to be able to see an obstacle in the road in time to brake.

The driver was travelling at about 100km/hr – within the Swiss motorway speed limit of 120km/hr.