The Syrian community are calling for life imprisonment for the man who allegedly killed one of their own.
After 25-year-old Fawaz Najem was killed in what is believed to have been an eight-man brawl in an apartment in Gozo, members of the Syrian community have come forward to make their thoughts known.
As they lawyer up and prepare for a court case, they have appealed to anyone in Malta or Gozo who may have any information related to this murder to come forward. They’ve also made it clear that they are demanding a serious penalty for the murderer: lifetime imprisonment.
“Fawaz, during the most beautiful period of his life, still in his youth, ended up dead at the hands of one we can call a criminal. In the name of the Syrian community, I am pleading to the Maltese and Gozitans to stand with us during this difficult time,” one spokesperson for the community said.
“I’m praying for your help for this man to get what he deserves: life in prison. It’s important that if someone has some useful information regarding this murder to contact the lawyer involved.”
Najem was killed attempting to stop a fight inside a Gozitan apartment.
The 25-year-old was found with stab wounds and a critical head injury Saturday night after an argument in a flat in Triq il-Wied, Marsalforn, reportedly saw up to eight men fighting at around 9pm.
New reports indicate that Najem was trying to break up the fight when he was killed, Times of Malta reported. He was rushed to Gozo General Hospital with stab wounds, however he was certified dead shortly after arriving.
Three other Syrian men were also admitted to hospital, kept overnight and guarded by police officers. A fourth man was arrested by police, and all four men were taken to the Floriana police depot for further questioning on Sunday.
The argument started Saturday morning in a bar near Marsalforn port, TVM reported.
Two groups of Syrian men allegedly threw coffees at each other before ending up in a physical altercation.
The incident didn’t end there, continuing at the aforementioned apartment in Marsalforn, until the stabbing. Najem was reportedly brought to hospital while unconscious.
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