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German synagogue attack: far-right gunman sentenced to life | Racism news

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Stephan B broadcast live the shooting in the town of Halle on the Internet, an assault in which two people died.

A German court on Monday sentenced a man to life in prison for the murder of two people in a shooting near a synagogue in eastern Germany on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur last year.

The Naumburg Higher Regional Court has declared the man, known by authorities only as Stephan B, guilty of murder, attempted murder and incitement, a court spokesperson said.

Stephan B, who broadcast the shooting in the city of Halle live on the Internet, had confessed to the crime and to extreme right-wing and anti-Semitic motivation.

Prosecutors said he aimed to kill as many of the more than 50 worshipers inside the synagogue as possible. Only his poor aim and the unreliability of his homemade firearms spared nine other people from injuries during his half-hour rampage, according to the victims targeted.

Life imprisonment in Germany is for an indefinite period and can be converted to parole after 15 years.

But the court’s sentence includes a provision for preventive detention, which denies release after the completion of the prison sentence to protect the public from dangerous criminal offenders.

Anti-Semitic crimes are particularly sensitive in Germany because of the legacy of the Holocaust.

Their number increased by 13% last year, the interior minister said in May, accusing right-wing “radicals”.



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