Report: Moscow synagogue attacker gets 16 years

September 15, 2006 11:56


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A court on Friday sentenced a man who injured nine people in a knife attack at a Moscow synagogue to 16 years in prison after a second trial, Russian news agencies reported. The Moscow City Court also ordered Alexander Koptsev, who was 20 when he rampaged through a synagogue last January, stabbing worshippers with a hunting knife before he was wrestled to the ground, to undergo psychiatric treatment at the facility where he will be imprisoned, RIA-Novosti reported. Koptsev had been convicted of attempted murder driven by racist motives in March and sentenced to 13 years in prison, but the Supreme Court overturned the conviction in June amid appeals by both prosecutors, who wanted a longer sentence, and defense lawyers who claimed he was mentally unstable.

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