German synagogue attacker handed life sentence for 2019 incident

A 28-year-old man who confessed to carrying out a 2019 terrorist attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, has been handed a life sentence by a German court. A regional court in Naumburg determined that, once Stephan Balliet had served out the 15-year sentence, he would be subject to preventive detention. This is the maximum penalty available under German law and the decision cannot be appealed. The lead judge in the case, Ursula Mertens, referred to the incident as a “cowardly attack” and acknowledged the special gravity of the crime. Balliet, who responded to the verdict without emotion, has …

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