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 Prison urged for German synagogue arson defendants
    SCHLESWIG, Germany, March 31 (Reuter) - A German prosecutor
 demanded jail sentences of up to six years on Friday for four
 men accused of torching a German synagogue a year ago in the
 first such attack since the Nazi Third Reich.
    The attack on the synagogue in the northern town of Luebeck
 drew worldwide attention. Thousands of Germans held marches and
 vigils protesting against waves of far-right violence that have
 dogged the country since unification in 1990.
    Five people in the building at the time escaped unhurt but
 the synagogue was badly damaged.
    The defendants, aged between 20 and 25, have been on trial
 amid tight security since November 24.
    State Prosecutor Guenter Moeller depicted the men as
 neo-Nazis acting out of anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
    Three of the men were guilty of five counts of attempted
 murder and aggravated arson, he said. The fourth could only be
 sentenced as an accomplice to aggravated arson, he added.
    Around 300 people demonstrated in Luebeck on Sunday to mark
 the anniversary of a firembomb attack.

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