Afghan man jailed for knife attack on Frankfurt rabbi

21st May 2008, Comments 0 comments

German man of Afghan origin is jailed for attacking a rabbi with a knife, but denies making racist comments during the assault.

Frankfurt -- A Frankfurt court jailed a German man of Afghan origin for three and a half years on Tuesday after finding him guilty of a knife attack on an Orthodox rabbi in the city last year.

The court found that Sahed A, 23, had caused grievous bodily harm to his victim, a 43-year-old rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hasidic movement within Orthodox Judaism, on September 7.

The court found that the assailant had drawn back from an initial intention to kill his victim, Zalman Gurevich.

The prosecution had called for a four year sentence.

During the trial, Sahed A acknowledged stabbing Gurevich but said he had been acting in self-defence.

But he strenuously denied shouting racist insults as he stabbed the rabbi in the abdomen.

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