Knife fight Indian cooks jailed for manslaughter

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6 May 2005, ZWICKAU - Two cooks from India who got into a knife fight with Pakistanis operating a pizza bar in a German tourist town have been jailed for manslaughter for 75 and 78 months.

6 May 2005

ZWICKAU - Two cooks from India who got into a knife fight with Pakistanis operating a pizza bar in a German tourist town have been jailed for manslaughter for 75 and 78 months.

The brawl that the German media later dubbed the 'war of the pizza cooks' erupted in January 2004 in Schneeberg, a pretty hill town close to the Czech border. After friction between rival pizza stands, the Pakistanis assaulted the Indians, who wanted to even the score.

In the knife fight, two Pakistanis were stabbed to death near the town square and a third Pakistani was critically wounded.

After the eight-month trial at a court in Zwickau, defence lawyers said they would appeal the convictions because their clients, aged 29 and 27, had acted purely in self-defence.

The court only recognised self-defence in one of the killings, and said the Indians had acted out of revenge after the initial assault by the Pakistanis had ceased.

DPA

Subject: German news

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