Youth on trial in Germany over racist attack on Indians
27 November 2007, Oschatz - A German court Monday handed down a fine to an 18-year-old youth after finding him guilty of incitement related to a racist attack in August on a group of Indians in the eastern town of Muegeln.
27 November 2007
Oschatz - A German court Monday handed down a fine to an 18-year-old youth after finding him guilty of incitement related to a racist attack in August on a group of Indians in the eastern town of Muegeln.
The court sitting in the nearby town of Oschatz in the eastern state of Saxony ordered the unnamed youth to pay 600 euros (900 dollars) to an association for the protection of children.
The verdict and sentence were the first since the incident, which caused outrage in Germany and India, occurred in the early hours of August 19.
In proceedings closed to the general public on the grounds of the defendant's age, the youth admitted to shouting racist slogans as a town festival was drawing to a close.
A mob of around 50 pursued eight Indians across a street after an incident on a dance-floor set up on the town square. They took refuge in a pizzeria run by one of them.
The pictures of the injured Indians were shown around the world.
Two police officers were also injured in the incident, which provoked soul-searching in Germany about a long and continuing series of racial incidents, mainly in the eastern states that formed communist East Germany.
Prosecutors later said they had obtained sufficient evidence to charge four Germans, two of whom have received summary fines.
Subject: German news