[QODLink]
Archive
9/11 killer gets death for hate crimes

An Arizona man has been sentenced to death for the murder of an Indian immigrant outside his petrol station in an alleged hate crime which occurred days after the 11 September attacks in 2001.

Last Modified: 10 Oct 2003 09:49 GMT
Many Sikhs were targets of hate crimes in the US post 9/11

An Arizona man has been sentenced to death for the murder of an Indian immigrant outside his petrol station in an alleged hate crime which occurred days after the 11 September attacks in 2001.

Frank Rogue, 44, from Phoenix, faces death by lethal injection for gunning down Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh, who wore a turban and beard as part of his beliefs.

Rogue had apparently mistaken Sodhi for being an Arab.

Prosecutors argued Sodhi’s murder on 15 September, 2001 was fuelled by racism and hate, and carried out by Rogue – a man with a long history of alcoholism.

But defence attorneys said Rogue was mentally ill and pushed over the edge by the attacks.

The jury deliberated for six hours, in the case which attracted international attention.

An appeal to the decision is mandatory.

Indian complaint

"The jury brought justice back to our family. They brought the truth in front of the whole world and showed that we are all Americans"

Lakhwinder Singh Sodhi,
victim's brother

The shooting prompted India to call on the US government to take steps to prevent assaults on Sikhs living in America.

Sodhi, 49, who came to the US in 1988 from a small village in Punjab.

He was one of several Sikhs attacked in America after 11 September 2001 after apparently being mistaken as Muslims.

Rogue, who still faces sentencing on other charges stemming from two other shootings of people of Afghani and Lebanese descent on the day of the murder, becomes the 127th person on Arizona's death row.

Lakhwinder Singh Sodhi said he was relieved that more than two years of waiting was over and that his brother's killer will not go unpunished.

"The jury brought justice back to our family," he told Reuters.

"They brought the truth in front of the whole world and showed that we are all Americans."

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Amid vote audit and horse-trading, politicians of all hues agree a compromise is needed to avoid political instability.
Part of the joint accord aimed at ending the political impasse establishes an independent National Election Commission.
Rights groups say the US prosecution of terrorism cases targets Muslims and are fraught with abuses.
Local painters forgo experimentation to cater to growing number of foreign buyers.
Cyprus is a tax haven and has long attracted wealthy Russians, but it could become a European energy hub.
join our mailing list