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Archive photo: house searches in Etterbeek as part of the investigation into the attacks in Paris and Brussels on March 22.
LBGT VIOLENCE A Tunisian transgender was stabbed on Saturday evening by two men who claim to be members of IS [ Ed. The Islamic State]. The victim had also been threatened in Tunisia by the same individuals.
“I’m scared for my life, I want to apply for asylum in another country where I won’t be in danger,” say reports on Bruzz.be and in La Capitale.
On Saturday evening, transgender Sharky, a Tunisian man was stabbed in Etterbeek. The victim suffered a vicious attack from his assailants: he was stabbed in the stomach several times and had to be admitted to hospital.
This is not the first time that Sharky has been confronted by violence: he had also been attacked by the same people in Tunisia. The attackers claim to be members of IS. The victim also states that he had previously been threatened by other members of the terrorist organisation.
‘These people have followed me from Tunisia. They want to make an example of me for young people who do not obey the religious laws.’
“In fear for my life”
The victim no longer feels safe in this country. “These people have followed me from Tunisia. They said they were just waiting for an official order from IS to behead me. They want to make an example of me for young people who do not obey the religious laws”, said Sharky to La Capitale. “I want to have my name changed officially and apply for asylum in another country, where I won’t be in danger.”
Unia, the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities, confirmed that the case is currently under investigation. The case even predates the events of this weekend. “The victim had already received threats via his Facebook profile and there had been previous incidents of physical aggression”, they reported. Sharky made an official complaint to the district police for Montgomery, according to reports from Bruzz.be.
The case has in the meantime been referred to the Brussels Public Prosecutor’s Office. They confirmed the facts, but say they do not have any evidence yet concerning the attackers’ motives. Whether the aggression is motivated by hatred for the gay community is still being investigated. The Public Prosecutor’s Office claims that the woman’s life is not in danger but, in the interest of the judicial investigation, will not make any further comment.