Doors shut as psychologist testifies at German murder trial

A psychologist briefed German judges behind closed doors Thursday on the mental state of Alex W, the xenophobic unemployed man who killed an Egyptian woman and wounded her husband with a knife in a Dresden courtroom in July.

The stabbing death of pharmacist Marwa al-Shirbini, 31, pregnant with her second child, caused outrage in Egypt.

Agreeing to a defence request, presiding judge Birgit Wiegand ordered the media and the public to leave the court, because W had a right to privacy over intimate matters that were not directly the subject of the murder and attempted murder charges.

Read more on The story caught my eye because defense counsel said,

A person’s psychological constitution is the most intimate item of the right to privacy.


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