Lawyer and Alba candidate stabbed in 'attempted murder' at office

Muhammad Shoaib was taken to hospital after being attacked at his business on Glasgow's Victoria Road.

Lawyer and Alba council election candidate Muhammad Shoaib stabbed in ‘attempted murder’ in Glasgow office Shoaib Associates

A lawyer and former council election candidate has been stabbed in an alleged attempted murder at his office in Glasgow.

Muhammad Shoaib was taken to hospital after being attacked at his business premises on Victoria Road in the city’s Southside.

Police were called to the office at around 2.45pm on Wednesday and the 69-year-old was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

Mr Shoaib ran as an Alba party candidate in the Pollokshields ward in the local council elections earlier this year.

Former First Minister and Alba leader Alex Salmond said the party was “deeply upset with the news of the attack”.

“The convener of Scots Asians for Alba has been in touch and I have offered Mr Shoaib the full support of our party,” Salmond said.

“We stand with Muhammad and his community now and always, and hope the police use all powers available to them in relation to this incident and in reassuring members of the community.”

A friend of Mr Shoaib told STV News the immigration and asylum lawyer and owner of Shoaib Associates was able to return home from hospital on Thursday.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

Esayas Neguse appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday charged with assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement, danger of life and attempted murder.

He is also accused of being in possesion of a bladed weapon and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Neguse, of Glasgow, made no plea, was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court within the next eight days.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 2.45pm on Wednesday, September 21, to a report of a disturbance in the Victoria Road area of Glasgow.

“Emergency services attended and a 69-year-old man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.”

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