Friday, January 15, 2010

Hate crime: shooter will never be released after US charity murder

That this man will be incarcerated for life without parole is correct.  However even though Haq clearly stated why he went on a killing spree at a Jewish center, the court and prosecutor never acknowledged the reason: ISLAM.


Hate crime: shooter will never be released after US charity murder
January 15, 2010

A judge has sentenced a 34-year-old man to life in prison without the possibility of release for killing a woman and injuring five other people in a 2006 rampage at a US Jewish charity.

Naveed Haq and his father appealed to the judge for forgiveness before the sentence was pronounced on Thursday.
Haq said he thanked God every day more people were not killed and said poorly prescribed psychiatric drugs made him violent.

He had been found guilty in December of aggravated murder and attempted murder.
The shooting has been described as Washington state's worst hate crime.
Haq, the son of Pakistani immigrants, held a teenager at gunpoint as he forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in July 2006.
He opened fire, killing fund-raising director Pamela Waechter as she tried to flee and wounding five others.

Before surrendering, Haq ranted against Jews and said he wanted to be on CNN.
The defence said mental illness was to blame.
But prosecutors said that, even though he was ill, he knew what he was doing.
They cited his meticulous planning, including writing material criticising Israel and using MapQuest to find directions to the centre from his family's home in Pasco, almost 300 kilometres away.

Haq's first trial ended in 2008 with the jury deadlocked over whether he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.