Two extradited Indians tried for 1995 murder

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19 October 2007, Krefeld, Germany (dpa) - A trial began Friday in Germany of two Indian nationals who were captured in the United States, 12 years after the torture and murder of a fellow Indian man.

19 October 2007

Krefeld, Germany (dpa) - A trial began Friday in Germany of two Indian nationals who were captured in the United States, 12 years after the torture and murder of a fellow Indian man.

The victim was beaten for several hours with a steel rod because he had, speaking by telephone, proposed sex to an Indian woman.

Her husband, who led the vengeful gang, was sentenced in 1997 to life imprisonment by a court in Krefeld, near Germany's Dutch border, and was deported to India to serve the remainder.

German police kept a long watch for two more accused, and finally located one in the southern US state of Florida.

Both were detained by US police. A 35-year-old man was extradited this spring and his trial began Friday. The other has just been extradited, and will be in the dock at the trial when it resumes next month, court officials in Krefeld said.

Before adjournment Friday, the indictment was pronounced and the first accused said he would testify next month.

Prosecutors said a group of attackers spent hours mistreating the victim in a Krefeld apartment, hitting him with the rod and breaking many of his bones.

The scale of his injuries would have caused "practically indescribable pain" and led to his death from cardiac and circulatory failure.

According to the indictment, the 35-year-old accused said, "He'll have to be killed off completely so he doesn't tell the police."

DPA

Subject: German news

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