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German Court Sentences Man for Racist Attack on Indians

A Leipzig court Wednesday converted an eight-month jail term passed on a German man for a racially-motivated mob attack on a group of Indians last year to a suspended sentence.

A police officer on guard near where the Indians were attacked

A police officer on guard near where the Indians were attacked

The 23-year-old man, identified only as Frank D., received the sentence for his role in the mob assault on Indian men in the eastern German town of Muegeln on Aug.19 last year following a street party in the town.

In December he was convicted of incitement and damage to property.

The attack by about 50 men during a town festival made headlines around the world. Three other Germans were fined for their role in the violence. Prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to charge four further suspects.

The mob chased the Indians across a street from the festival and broke windows at a pizza parlor where they had taken refuge.

Reports of the attack caused outrage in Germany and India. The incident provoked soul-searching in Germany about a long series of racist incidents, mainly in the eastern states that once formed communist East Germany.

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