Merkel’s Muslim Refugees Get 2 Years For Trying to Burn Man Alive
A court in Berlin has sentenced a Syrian man to two years and nine months in prison for trying to set fire to a homeless man, Deutsche Welle reported.
The 21-year-old Muslim Refugee admitted to setting fire to a tissue and placing it close to the man’s head, but argued that he only wanted to “startle” him.
The Muslim refugees fled the scene in a train following the incident. Law enforcement called it attempted murder.
“The action of the youngsters is considered an attempted murder,” police said.
Police added that passersby spotted the homeless man on fire and quickly extinguished the flames. A train driver at the station also rushed to help. The “clearly intoxicated” homeless person survived the attack without any injuries, police said.
The incident was clearly a case of attempted murder but the German courts do not prosecute Muslims the way they prosecute others.
Five other young Muslim refugees were also convicted for taking part in the attack or failing to help the victim. The court dismissed the prosecutor’s bid to convict on a charge of attempted murder, but sentenced the leader of the group for attempted grievous bodily harm.
During the winter the Berlin subway system traditionally allows homeless people to spend the night inside stations when they are closed. The system was open round the clock at the time of the incident due to the Christmas holidays, Die Welt reports.
The incident came on the heels of another attack in the Berlin subway which caused widespread outrage in Germany. Two weeks ago CCTV footage emerged showing a male kicking a young woman down the stairs, breaking her arm. The incident happened back in October, but it took weeks for the Berlin police to find the suspected attacker.
The alleged perpetrator was later detained by law enforcement and turned out to be a 27-year-old Bulgarian. Police are now investigating the man as the prime suspect, but are also checking his two brothers and another person, all of whom were allegedly next to him during the assault.
The Berlin subway saw a rise in violence in 2015, Berlin Morgenpost reports, citing official information. According to the figures, police registered 2,201 cases of violent incidents at stations and inside trains last year, compared to 2,070 in 2014.