German court hands life sentence to Halle synagogue attacker

The far-right radical, a 28-year-old man, who confessed to carrying out a 2019 terrorist attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, has been handed a life sentence by a German court on Monday, news wires reported.

A regional court in Naumburg determined that, once Stephan Balliet had served out the 15-year sentence, he would be subject to preventive detention. This is the maximum penalty available under German law. Ballier has confessed to attempting to storm a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, on 9 October last year. He was unable to gain entry to the synagogue, but went on to kill a woman that was passing by and a man at a nearby kebab shop.

During his five-month trial, Balliet denied the Holocaust in open court, a crime in Germany, and expressed no remorse.

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