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Muslim man who stabbed Jews at Amsterdam market ruled unfit to stand trial

Psychiatric evaluation deems Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani not responsible for his actions when he injured father and son in March rampage

The Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam, where a Jewish father and son were stabbed in March 2019. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Michiel1972, Wikipedia)
The Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam, where a Jewish father and son were stabbed in March 2019. (CC BY-SA 3.0, Michiel1972, Wikipedia)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Muslim man charged with trying to kill a Jewish father and son at an Amsterdam market has been found not criminally responsible for his actions and sent for psychological care.

A Dutch judge ruled that Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani suffered from delusions, heard voices and experienced psychosis at the time of the March 16 stabbing incident at the Albert Cuyp Market, the NIW Jewish paper reported Monday. The judge based the ruling on a psychiatric report.

The ruling follows several recent cases in Western Europe involving Muslim men who assaulted Jews and were deemed unfit to stand trial.

Abdel Ghani was charged with manslaughter in the stabbings of Martin Colmans and his son Sharon, who were lightly and moderately injured, respectively. The Colmans and Abdel Ghani owned neighboring stores in the market.

According to the victims, Abdel Ghani assaulted them following weeks in which he would read the Quran at the entrance to his store and leer at them.

During the first hearing in the case, in September, they asked the judge to consider a religious or racist motive, which was not included in the indictment.

NIW editor-in-chief Esther Voet wrote on Twitter that the ruling made her “furious.”

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