A reformed Danish gang leader has died from gunshot wounds he sustained as he left the launch of a book about how he had turned his life around.
Yasar later died in the hospital from his injuries. A day later, his memoir “Rødder” (“Roots”) was published. The book tells the story of Yasar as he leaves the world of gangs and crime.
Police said they are investigating the shooting and asking witnesses to come forward.
Yaser previously told police that someone had tried to assault him in 2017.
He left the gang in 2012 after discovering he was to become a father, later going on to become a mentor for young people, Danish news agency Ritzau said. He had a show on Copenhagen-based station Radio24syv and often spoke about his experiences.
A day after the shooting, the station posted on Twitter an image of its building with the Danish flag at half-mast, along with the message, “Farewell Nedim Yasar and thanks for everything.”
‘Sad and Infinitely Meaningless’
Søren Pape Poulsen, Denmark’s justice minister, wrote on Twitter: “How sad and infinitely meaningless. I met Nedim once. I met a man who with all his heart wanted to create and new life and make a difference for others. My thoughts and compassion go to his friends and family.”
“Nedim had nuance and experience of one of the most important questions faced by our society: what should be done about crime and gang crime,” Ramskov told Ritzau.
“He was an important and mature witness who had broken free and found a way out. Not just for himself, but so he could share his story with others,” he added.
In recent months there have been several arrests over gang-related shootings in Denmark. Police say these violent incidents are connected with an internal split in a gang known as Brothas.
And on Sept. 4, Danish police temporarily banned a criminal gang called Loyal to Familia (LTF), meaning anyone wearing clothing featuring the LTF logo or promoting the organization could be imprisoned for up to two years.
“LTF is an association which displays a violent and criminal character of such serious nature that immediate intervention in the form of an administrative prohibition is required,” Copenhagen Police senior prosecutor Ida Sørensen said, according to The Local.
Police say LTF was involved in a series of shootings and violence throughout 2017.
The ban will be in place until legal procedures against the gang are completed.
Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen said in a statement, “As a society, we must be tough on gang crime and make life for gangs as difficult as possible. It is historical that LTF is being banned from today.”
Published with permission from The Epoch Times.