Imam prosecuted for not preventing murders

Prosecutors in Ghent have demanded a one-year prison sentence for Muhsin Paksoy, the former imam of the Ghent central mosque. Paksoy is accused of doing little to prevent the murder of four women, after being approached by the killer. On November 11th 2004, Osman Calli called up Paksoy; the next day he killed four women. Calli’s wife also told the imam that her husband was going to kill her, but Paksoy did not intervene. Osman Calli locked his wife, along with her sister, in a cellar of his residence in Ghent. He nicked his wife’s face with a knife, trying to get her to confess to adultery, before killing them both. The prosecution claims that the imam knew the wife was in grave danger; while Calli condemned Calli taking matters into his own hands, the former imam did not contact police.