at the trial, the accused who tried to cut the throats of the two women showed no remorse

“If I could go back, I would do better…”, declared the 29-year-old young woman at the beginning of her trial.

The young woman, accused of trying to kill two women in a department store in 2020 in Switzerland by singing her devotion to the Islamic State, expressed no remorse on Monday August 29 at the opening of her trial .

If I could go back, it would be better… with accomplices“, stated the young woman, 29, in front of the federal criminal court in Bellinzona (south). She assured that thereprogram“an attack from”month, year“for”do something for the Islamic state“and show that he too”capable of committing a terrorist act“.

On November 24, 2020, he tried to kill two women in a department store in Lugano, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, after buying a knife there. One of the two victims, who attended the trial, was seriously injured in the neck. The second, wounded in the hand, was able to control the killer with other people. During the projection of a photo of a neck wound, the accused, of a Swiss father and a Serbian mother, remained calm. “Not as deep as I thought“, he observed, then repeated”It has no effect on me“.

Dressed in black, as prescribed by court rules, she wore a long tunic, tights and ballerina shoes, as well as, at the start of the hearing, a sanitary mask (also black) and a hood that covers his head and that he agrees. to remove. “I am Muslim“, he said, a small smile on his face, to justify his desire to keep the hood, before complying after a few minutes of discussing the rules of the court.

According to the accusation of the Public Ministry of the Confederation (MPC, Attorney General), the young woman, whose name does not want to be published in court, acted “deliberately“and”without any doubt“. During the attack, he repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar“and”I will avenge the prophet Muhammad“, and declared”I am there for IS“, in reference to the jihadist group Islamic State.

On Monday, the young woman, with long black hair, recounted her epileptic seizures during childhood followed by an adolescence marked by anorexia, and internships in hairdressing or sales assistant. Very comfortable during his interrogation, he answered the court’s questions at length, sometimes interrupting his answers with a kind of nervous laughter.


In contact with psychologists and psychiatrists since his childhood, he indicated that he was currently being followed in prison, where he received a treatment he did not want and made him “nervous“. She explained that she was pregnant at 17 from her future husband, who is of Afghan origin, whom she married at 19 and whom she divorced last year. “It started out good, then things turned badshe said, explaining that her husband did not want her to study or have an abortion. Not wanting to take care of the unborn child, she entrusted it to her parents, who adopted her.

He is on trial forrepeated assassination attemptsand violating the section of federal law that outlaws the jihadist groups al-Qaeda and Islamic State. In particular, he was accused of wanting to create a “terrorist actin the name of IS. He must also answer the accusation of “repeated prohibited acts of prostitutionbetween 2017 and 2020.

The defense has assured that they will rely on his mental state to disprove motive”terroristand attempted murder plea. The experts should be heard on the day and on Tuesday. He was already known to the police before the attack, because he tried to join a jihadist fighter in Syria, whom he loved in the networks in 2017. He was arrested at the Turkish-Syrian border and sent back in Switzerland then placed in a psychiatric institution. The hearing is scheduled to last until Thursday, and the verdict is expected on September 19.

Switzerland has not yet experienced a major jihadist attack but two knife attacks in 2020: a few weeks before Lugano, a young Turkish-Swiss national, who intends to travel in Syria in 2019, killed a passerby on a street in Morges. (west).

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