Two German students jailed for racist arson attacks

30th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

In one of the racist attacks last spring, a Turkish householder found a tent in his suburban Berlin garden on fire and put out the flames.

Berlin -- Two students, ages 17 and 19, were sent to prison Wednesday in Germany for anti-Muslim attacks on homes.

"They are a disgrace to our country," said judge Kai Dieckmann as he jailed the younger for 46 months and the older for 56 months after convicting them of attempted murder. No one was hurt in the attacks.

In one of the racist attacks last spring, a Turkish householder found a tent in his suburban Berlin garden on fire and put out the flames. In the other attack, a lighted object was thrown at a Bosnian family's house.

The families were left frightened by the attacks, which the court said had been aimed at driving them out of Berlin. Prosecutors said the two young males were intent on spreading fear out of neo-Nazi motives.

The 19-year-old admitted making the firebombs and throwing them, but said, "I didn't mean to kill anybody."

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