Tanveer Ahmed issued a bizarre, rambling statement through his lawyer claiming responsibility for the killing and blaming Mr Shah for “disrespecting” the Koran.
Chillingly, he said: “If I had not done this others would and there would have been more killing and violence in the world.”
In a very rare move, the 32-year-old instructed defence solicitor John Rafferty to read out the statement during a brief appearance in private on petition at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Ahmed, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was appearing in court for the second time since the death of Mr Shah, 40, last month.
However, he denied that the incident had anything to do with Christianity or any other religion despite Police Scotland stating both men were Muslims.
The highly unusual statement, littered with references to the ” Prophet Muhammad” was made before Sheriff Brian Adair.
It said: “My client Mr Tanveer Ahmed has specifically instructed me that today, 6 April 2016, to issue this statement to the press, the statement is in the words of my client.
“This all happened for one reason and no other issues and no other intentions.
“Asad Shah disrespected the messenger of Islam the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Mr Shah claimed to be a Prophet.
“When 1400 years ago the Prophet of Islam Muhammad peace be upon him has clearly said that ‘I am the final messenger of Allah there is no more prophets or messengers from God Allah after me.
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