Syrian convicted of Germany stabbing that sparked protests

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A German court has convicted a Syrian asylum-seeker over a fatal stabbing in the city of Chemnitz last year that touched off far-right protests.

The state court in Dresden convicted Alaa S. of manslaughter and dangerous bodily harm in the killing last August of Daniel Hillig.

Judges sentenced the 24-year-old defendant, whose last name wasn’t released in line with German privacy laws, to 9 years and 6 months in prison, slightly less than the 10-year-sentence prosecutors had demanded.

Defense lawyers had called for their client to be acquitted, citing lack of evidence.

An Iraqi suspect in the case is still being sought on an international arrest warrant.

Following the killing, thousands of neo-Nazis, members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party and others assembled in Chemnitz to protest against migration.

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