German court sentences Halle Synagogue to life imprisonment. Judge Ursula Mertens described the murderous act of culprit Stephan Balliet as “cowardly” and “cruel,” stating that he showed no mercy. Synagogue in Halle was attacked during Yom Kippur services by a far-right extremist on Oct. 9, 2019.
According to a report published by Germany’s DW media outlet, the German court found Stephan Balliet, a 27 years old German neo-Nazi from Saxony-Anhalt, guilty for the murder of two people and more than 60 counts of attempted murder during the 26-day trial. During the trial, Judge Ursula Mertens repeatedly described his acts as “cowardly” and “cruel.”
The Incidence took place on Oct. 9 during Yom Kippur. Stephan started shooting on his way to the synagogue, but he didn’t cross the gate because the outer gates were locked. He then shot two other people in his way, Jana L. a 40-year-old who was passing by, and 20-year-old Kevin S., who was eating lunch at a nearby kebab shop. He also shot at other people and police officers.
The far-right extremist shot and killed two people in the 2019 attack on the #Halle synagogue attack has been sentenced to life imprisonment. He was found guilty of two counts of murder and 51 counts of attempted murder.
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