Archive/File: orgs/german/german-alternative/press ap.072294 Last-Modified: 1994/08/17 Copyright, 1994. The Associated Press. All rights reserved. By LARRY THORSON, Associated Press Writer BERLIN (AP) -- Three young rightists were sentenced today to up to 3 1/2 years in prison for one of the most flagrant hate attacks this year in Germany, a "hunt for foreigners" in the eastern city of Magdeburg. The juvenile court in Magdeburg imposed sentences longer than prosecutors had requested in an attempt to deter repeats of the May 12 riot in which about 60 rightists chased foreigners through the city center. In the western German city of Koblenz, prosecutors announced charges against 18 rightists accused of supporting the ultra-nationalist German Alternative, a group declared illegal in December 1992. Authorities say bans of such groups and heightened police action have helped reduce the number of violent rightist attacks on foreigners, refugees and others. Attacks initially rose steeply after German reunification in 1990. But police were criticized for taking six hours to quell the Magdeburg riots, which unleashed a wave of condemnation and comparisons to pre-World War II Nazi thuggery. The surging mob of rightists in Magdeburg, a city of 270,000 about 75 miles west of Berlin, did not cause any serious injuries as they chased mostly African residents of a refugee shelter. But at least three rioters suffered knife wounds when they tangled with Turkish waiters at a popular cafe where the foreigners found refuge. Magedeburg juvenile court judge Evelyn Majstrak sentenced one of the riot leaders, Steve Abicht, 20, to 3 1/2 years in prison, a year longer than the prosecution had requested. The defendant, with a long record of violence, was convicted of aggravated battery. The court gave a three-year sentence to Stefan Werner, 19, and 2 1/2 years to Marco Dlugosch, 20, for the same charge. The trial was the first for a series of young rightists accused in the attack. Some are also under investigation for later violence and neo-Nazi actions.
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