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German Court Convicts Syrian Migrant Over Deadly Stabbing

German Court Convicts Syrian Migrant Over Deadly Stabbing

Thursday, 22 August, 2019 - 13:00
The victim's mother arrives at the trial against Ali Bashar on July 10, 2019 at the court in Wiesbaden, western Germany . -
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A German court has convicted a Syrian asylum-seeker over a fatal stabbing in the city of Chemnitz last year that touched off far-right protests.

The state court in Dresden convicted Alaa S. of manslaughter and dangerous bodily harm in the killing last August of Daniel Hillig, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Judges sentenced the 24-year-old defendant, whose last name wasn't released in line with German privacy laws, to 9 years and 6 months in prison, slightly less than the 10-year-sentence prosecutors had demanded.

Defense lawyers had called for their client to be acquitted, citing lack of evidence.

An Iraqi suspect in the case is still being sought on an international arrest warrant.

According to AP, following the killing, thousands of neo-Nazis, members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party and others assembled in Chemnitz to protest against migration.

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