Taxi driver to be sentenced for 'prophet' case shopkeeper murder


A Muslim taxi driver who murdered a shopkeeper for claiming he was a prophet will be sentenced today.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, travelled from Yorkshire to Glasgow to confront Asad Shah at his store before pulling out a knife and stabbing the 40-year-old.

Ahmed claimed to have been offended by clips Mr Shah had posted online which he said ''disrespected the Prophet Muhammad''.

The Bradford father-of-three will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after admitting the murder in Glasgow's Shawlands area on March 24.

Mr Shah's brother and a shop assistant tried to fend Ahmed off as he launched his attack on the popular businessman, described by locals as a ''pillar of the community''.

The Shah family, who moved to Scotland from Pakistan in the 1990s to escape persecution, belong to the Ahmadi sect of Islam whose beliefs differ from the majority of Muslims.

The court heard their belief that Prophet Muhammad was not the final prophet was a view many consider blasphemous.

In a statement released through his lawyer after the killing, Ahmed said: ''If I had not done this others would have and there would be more killings and violence in the world.''

Judge Lady Rae told Ahmed ahead of sentencing: ''There's no justification whatsoever for what you did.''