BAMBERG, GERMANY 26 (DPA/EP)
A German court sentenced the right-wing extremist to two and a half years in prison for trying to burn down a synagogue in the Bavarian town of Ermreuth (south) last year.
A Bamberg district court judge pointed to the well-known far-right connections of the defendant, as well as his hostility towards the Jewish community, and rejected the main extenuating measure offered by the defense that the defendant had consumed large quantities of alcohol. .
Deciding that the accused was aware of the consequences of his actions, despite his high blood alcohol level the night he tried to burn down the building, the judge added that he hoped the sentence would send “a signal of cleanliness” to those who intend it. to do similar operations.
The young man had expressed in court that he had far-right feelings and confessed to breaking a synagogue window while drunk. Security footage shows how he then tried to set off fireworks and throw them in the synagogue.
The sentence, which has yet to be finalized, could have been sentenced to three years in prison had the judge upheld the Munich Prosecutor’s request, which assured that the convicted person exhibited “absolutely anti-Semitic and far-right mentality”.
Source: Noti Merica