Sunday 17 December 2017

No arrests after racist attack on Afghans

Abdul Ahmadzai (13) has yet to return to school (Photo: Arthur Carron)
Abdul Ahmadzai (13) has yet to return to school (Photo: Arthur Carron)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Gardaí have yet to make any arrests following the suspected racist attack on three members of an Afghan family in south Dublin.

Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and his two uncles Naqeeb (18) and Fazal (20) were attacked by four men when they were returning to their home after spending time in Marlay Park.

The attack, which took place on Thursday, happened on a busy road in Rathfarnham.

A number of properties were raided by gardaí in the Rathfarnham area yesterday morning and items were seized, including iron bars and hatchets.

Director of the Irish branch of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), Shane O'Curray, has called for the "full rigour of the law" to be implemented following the shocking incident.


"I'm a little bit surprised [there have been no arrests] but I'm assured by the family that the gardaí have told them they have this in hand. It sounds to me like they are preparing evidence to make arrests," he said.

"They are following a definite line of inquiry. I'm hoping that with the media attention gardaí will follow through and bring the full rigour of law."

Many racists attacks may never get reported to the gardaí or to groups such as Mr O'Curray said.

Despite the low reporting figures, racially motivated crimes are prevalent in Ireland and that the latest attack should spark a "national conversation" he added.

"From our own data and other research that has been conducted upwards of 80pc of racist incidents never get reported to the authorities or anyone else," he said.

"Whenever we give people with different backgrounds the space to talk about their experience the stories would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up."

The family at the centre of the attack are too frightened to leave their home and the 13-year-old boy has not returned to school since the attack.

An incident room has been set up in Blackrock Garda Station and gardaí are seeking four men who fled in a blue Peugeot in the direction of Dundrum.

Meanwhile, residents in the area stood in solidarity with the family at a Unite Against Racism event outside Nutgrove Shopping Centre last night. Some 300 locals and activists turned up in the rain outside Nutgrove Shopping Centre.

And the Irish national cricket team has invited Abdul (13) to represent the team as a mascot.

The teenager has accepted the offer to lead Ireland onto the field and will carry out his duty for the team in their upcoming series against Afghanistan in July.

Irish Independent

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