Two neo-Nazis get jail for attack on Indian

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A German court handed jail terms to two neo-Nazis for beating up an Indian national simply because he happened to walk past them in a town north of Berlin.

19 December 2007

Neuruppin, Germany (dpa) - A German court handed jail terms Wednesday to two neo-Nazi men for beating up an Indian national simply because he happened to walk past them in a town north of Berlin.

A 26-year-old man who led the racist insults and the vicious assault was given 37 months in prison, while his 23-year-old accomplice was given 18 months by the court in the town of Neuruppin.

They were also ordered to pay 1,200 euros ($1,715) as compensation to the victim.

However, both left the court free men, since they are allowed to appeal against the dangerous assault convictions.

The court acquitted the younger man, who has a criminal record, of attempted murder in the April 20 attack in the town of Prenzlau, for a lack of proof.

The court was told both men associated with the neo-Nazi group active in the poor, rural area.

After meeting other neo-Nazis on the day, they tried to pick a fight with a Nicaraguan doctor by deliberately bumping into him on a pavement. However the doctor quickly climbed into his car and drove away.

The Indian was the next person of non-white appearance to come along. They abused him verbally and then attacked him.

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