Germany indicts man who stabbed rabbi

31st January 2008, Comments 0 comments

The 22-year-old admitted to the attack on a street near Frankfurt's main station.

Frankfurt -- A man who has admitted stabbing a rabbi on a German city street has been indicted for attempted manslaughter, prosecutors in the city of Frankfurt said Thursday.

The September 7, 2007 nighttime attack near Frankfurt's main station triggered renewed national soul-searching about whether Jews were safe in Germany, six decades after the Holocaust ended.

Police said the 22-year-old suspect was a German national of Afghan ethnicity who already had convictions for violence.

They said he denied any intent to murder, any anti-Semitic motivation and claims that he uttered an anti-Jewish insult before knifing the rabbi, 42, in the abdomen. The victim underwent emergency surgery and recovered from his wounds.

Police only made an arrest in the case after they were alerted to an Internet forum for football fans where the defendant had written about the incident. The defendant has also been indicted for causing grievous bodily harm and threatening behaviour.

DPA with Expatica

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