The stabbing of an Egyptian woman in a German court is proof of that country's "brutality," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Sunday, prompting a quick reaction from Germany which said Monday it did not tolerate hostility toward Islam.
Marwa al-Sherbini, a pregnant 31-year-old, was stabbed 18 times in a Dresden court on July 1, where she was scheduled to testify against a man accused of insulting her with racial slurs. Her husband was critically wounded in the attack when he tried to intervene.
The Iranian president referenced Iran's recent protests following the disputed presidential elections and said human rights groups were quick to criticize Iran then but have stayed silent after Sherbini's death.
"This is an absolute proof of the brutality of the German government and proof to absolute corruption in Germany's judiciary system," Ahmadinejad told a cabinet meeting.