Cabbie Leaves NYC After Alleged Anti-Muslim Attack

Monday, Aug 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:35 AM EDT
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Suspect Michael Enright sits in a New York City courtroom, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010.

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A cabbie whose neck was slashed during an alleged anti-Muslim attack says he's mired in emotional and financial woes.     

Ahmed Sharif has moved his family to Buffalo. He tells the New York Post that he still drives a cab sometimes, but thinks of the 2010 attack in Manhattan whenever a passenger opens the door.     

Says his wife, Hazira Sharif: "...Our lives are a big mess.''      Michael Enright has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault as hate crimes.     

Prosecutors say Enright asked whether Sharif was Muslim, uttered an Arabic greeting and told the driver to "consider this a checkpoint.''     

Enright's lawyer says the School of Visual Arts student was beset by alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder after a trip to Afghanistan.     


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