ABU DHABI: A mentally disturbed man who stabbed a witness to death in court told an appeals court judge yesterday that as a Muslim he was entitled to kill "infidels".
The judge told BAM, an Egyptian, that he should exercise his rights by using the law, "and not go around killing people".
BAM first appeared in court last year, accused of causing a permanent injury to a Nepalese man, LK. Released on bail, he then stabbed LK to death in his room.
Later he took the murder weapon to court and killed another Nepalese man who was giving evidence on behalf of LK.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance found him guilty, and ordered that he receive psychiatric treatment.
Prosecutors appealed on the ground that BAM was not mentally ill but knew perfectly well what he was doing. They pointed out that while claiming he killed the two men because they were infidels, he chose to kill only people who were giving evidence against him in a criminal court case.
The Court of Cassation returned the case to the Court of Appeals.
"I'm an Arab Muslim and in an Arab Muslim country," BAM told the court yesterday. "Those infidels are killing Muslims all around the world … there was a Muslim doctor just killed in Germany and when her husband wanted to defend her they attacked him as well."