Glasgow & West Scotland

Asad Shah killing: 'Disrespecting Islam' murderer to appeal sentence

Tanveer Ahmed
Image caption Tanveer Ahmed claimed that he murdered Mr Shah as he had "disrespected" Islam

A man who was jailed for life for murdering a shopkeeper who he claimed had "disrespected" Islam is to appeal against his minimum 27-year jail term.

Sunni Muslim, Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire, stabbed 40-year-old Asad Shah outside his store in Glasgow's Shawlands area on 24 March.

Mr Shah was an Ahmadi - a minority sect not recognised by all Muslims.

Ahmed admitted the murder and said the victim had disrespected Islam by falsely claiming to be a prophet.

Why was Asad Shah murdered?

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Image caption Asad Shah was stabbed to death at his shop in Glasgow's Shawlands area

In July, Ahmed pleaded guilty to the religiously-motivated murder at a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Last month, he was given a mandatory life term and told he must serve a minimum of 27 years before he can apply for parole.

'Barbaric killing'

Jailing him, judge Lady Rae told Ahmed: "This was a barbaric, premeditated and wholly unjustified killing of a much-loved man who was a pillar of the local community.

"He was described as a peaceful and peace-loving man and family man who went out of his way to show respect for those of any faith."

The judge branded the attack as "an appalling display of merciless violence".

It has now emerged that lawyers for Ahmed have lodged an appeal against his sentence.

Image caption Mr Shah's shop was cordoned off following the attack in June

The court previously heard that Mr Shah was an Ahmadi, who differ from the majority of Muslims, including Sunni Muslims, in that they believe the Prophet Muhammad was not the final prophet.

The majority of Muslims believe Muhammad was the final prophet and say any other view is inconsistent with Islamic belief.

Ahmed, a Sunni, claimed that he had killed Mr Shah because he had posted videos online in which the shopkeeper had "disrespected" Islam by claiming to be a prophet.

Ahmed watched a clip featuring Mr Shah on his mobile phone as he travelled to Glasgow on the day of the murder and was heard in a phone message to say "listen to this guy, something needs to be done, it needs nipped in the bud".

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Image caption Tanveer Ahmed in police custody

When he arrived at the shop, Ahmed said he warned Mr Shah that he was there to kill him and asked him to stop claiming to be a prophet.

CCTV footage of the attack showed Ahmed pulling a knife out and moving behind the counter and stabbing Mr Shah repeatedly.

The shopkeeper managed to get outside, but was stabbed again and then stamped on and kicked in a frenzied attack as he lay dying in the street.

Mr Shah's brother Athar Shah tried to intervene, but was unable to fend off Ahmed.

As Mr Shah lay dying on the ground, Ahmed walked calmly to a bus shelter where police found him a short time later.

After being arrested, Ahmed released a statement through his lawyer saying he had killed Mr Shah as he had falsely claimed to be a prophet.

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