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German court convicts Syrian over stabbing that triggered Chemnitz riots

 

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Alaa S., suspected of being responsible for the stabbing of Daniel H. in Chemnitz, his interpreter and lawyer Ricarda Lang arrive at a court in Dresden, Germany, August 22, 2019. Picture pixelated at source. Matthias Rietschel/Pool via REUTERS

 

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - A German court sentenced a Syrian asylum seeker to nine and a half years in prison on Thursday over the fatal stabbing of a man in the eastern city of Chemnitz last year that triggered the worst far-right riots Germany had seen for decades.

 

The verdict handed down in the city of Dresden in the high profile case comes barely a week before elections in the region in which the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to make big gains. The AfD welcomed the verdict.

 

It is almost exactly a year since the stabbing which led to thousands of right-wingers, including neo-Nazis and soccer hooligans, marching through Chemnitz and clashing with left- wingers and police.

 

Images of skinheads or far-right demonstrators chasing migrants, performing the Hitler salute and attacking a Jewish restaurant, raised questions about how Germany should deal with its far-right, especially after the 2015-16 migrant crisis.

 

The 24-year-old Syrian, identified only as Alaa S., according to German rules, was convicted of manslaughter. The Cuban-German victim, Daniel Hillig, died of his injuries after being stabbed in Chemnitz on the sidelines of a local festival.

 

The Syrian was also convicted of inflicting serious bodily harm on another victim, Dimitri M., who was injured but survived.

 

"The accused was today found guilty of joint manslaughter and grievous bodily harm. He has therefore been sentenced to a jail term of nine years and six months," a spokeswoman for the court said.

 

Prosecutors had called for a 10-year prison sentence.

 

Defence lawyers, who had called for their client to be acquitted, argued there was no evidence that their client had helped stab the victim and said they would appeal.

 

German authorities have also issued an international arrest warrant for an Iraqi suspect who has been on the run since the incident. They believe he was the main culprit in the killing.

 

The AfD said on Facebook it hoped the Iraqi suspect would be found soon and added that Chemnitz had been unfairly "branded as a playground for right-wing radicals".

 

"No verdict will return Daniel H. to his family and friends but at least it brings some justice in a reality that claims new victims every week," it said.

 

Opinion polls show that the AfD could become the biggest party in the two eastern states of Saxony and Brandenburg, which hold elections on Sept. 1.

 

The trial took place in Dresden, the capital of Saxony state rather than in nearby Chemnitz because of the high level of public interest in the case.

 

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Alison Williams and Gareth Jones)

 

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4 hours ago, GalaxyMan said:

I find it shocking that the countries that regularly make the most noise about the sanctity of life place such a low value on it when sentencing people who have committed pre-meditated murder. Only 9.5 years for killing a person and robbing them of decades of life? What The Phuhkk!!! I am absolutely for the death penalty for any premeditated crime of violence against another person.

The guy was charged with manslaughter, not murder.

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4 hours ago, GalaxyMan said:

I find it shocking that the countries that regularly make the most noise about the sanctity of life place such a low value on it when sentencing people who have committed pre-meditated murder. Only 9.5 years for killing a person and robbing them of decades of life? What The Phuhkk!!! I am absolutely for the death penalty for any premeditated crime of violence against another person.

I suggest you read your post and see if you can spot the nonsense argument. 

 

Here’s a clue: You recognize a nation’s stance on the sanctity of human life, then bang on about the death sentence.

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1 minute ago, Chomper Higgot said:

I suggest you read your post and see if you can spot the nonsense argument. 

 

Here’s a clue: You recognize a nation’s stance on the sanctity of human life, then bang on about the death sentence.

Your reading comprehension leaves a lot to be desired. I was pointing out the utter hypocrisy of the situation. My personal views on the issue stand. I do believe in the sanctity of life, up to a point. Once that 'point' or line in the sand is crossed by a transgressor, I'm wholeheartedly for executing them and saving the oxygen for those who deserve it.

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11 minutes ago, GalaxyMan said:

Your reading comprehension leaves a lot to be desired. I was pointing out the utter hypocrisy of the situation. My personal views on the issue stand. I do believe in the sanctity of life, up to a point. Once that 'point' or line in the sand is crossed by a transgressor, I'm wholeheartedly for executing them and saving the oxygen for those who deserve it.

I suspect you don’t know what ‘sanctity’ means.

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18 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

You mean you recall your own rightwing spin on the matter.

 

People of all political persuasions did not march with rightwing thugs parading their Hitler salute.

 

Away with your nonsense revision of the facts.

As far as I can remember and read, even now, there were all kinds of people at a festival for the city, when the murder happened - they weren't all pre-armed with long knives, of course - the right wing demonstrations followed as a result of the death. 

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On the presumption that as an ‘asylum seeker’ he hasn’t yet been awarded asylum, make him serve his time, then deport him back to Syria.

 

 

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