Germany: Prosecutor dubs Halle synagogue attack as 'new dimension of misanthropy'

The trial against alleged Halle synagogue attacker Stephan Balliet began in Magdeburg on Tuesday, with prosecutor Kai Lohse calling the attack ''a new dimension of misanthropy.» «For me it is a new dimension of misanthropy, that occurred through this act in Germany. In the indictment, we deliberately made the allegations very broad and included all phases of the process within them. There are a total of 13 crime complexes that we have charged with. Among them are two accomplished murders. There are altogether 86 cases of attempted murders. There are acts of severe murderous extortion with attempted fatal consequences, dangerous bodily injuries and negligent assaults, as well as incitement to hatred,» Lohse said. On October 9, 2019, Stephan Balliet allegedly opened fire in the vicinity of a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle, after failing to gain entry to the building, killing two people. He was arrested in the town of Zeitz and charged with two counts of murder, and several of attempted murder, with 'anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic' intention by a regional court. One of the victims was slain in a Jewish cemetery outside the synagogue while the other was gunned down in a nearby kebab shop.

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