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.

Similar articles

  • Laschet gets early nod for chancellor run

    Laschet gets early nod for chancellor run

    Leading members of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) are giving their support to party boss Armin Laschet to be the country's next chancellor after elections in September, dpa reported. The autumn polls will see Chancellor Angela Merkel leave the post after over 15 years at the helm.

    34
  • France bans short domestic flights

    France bans short domestic flights

    France launched yet another initiative, aimed at curbing carbon emissions. Under new amendments in legislation all domestic flights that could be substituted by train travel for under two and a half hour routes will be permanently suspended, Reuters reported. The move is the last in a series of actions targeted to lower green house gases. For the transport companies it comes on top of pandemic driven reduction of business and profits.

    39