Germany: Afghan man sentenced to life for murder of converted Muslim

A court in the southern German city of Traunstein on Friday sentenced a 30-year-old Muslim refugee from Afghanistan to life in prison for killing a woman who had converted to Christianity from Islam.

Although the man could legally be released after 15 years under the sentence, this seldom occurs in practice.

In giving the harsh sentence, the court accepted the prosecution’s argument that the motive behind the killing was a religious one.

The man, whose application for asylum in Germany had been officially rejected, fatally stabbed the 38-year-old woman, also an Afghan refugee, in front of a supermarket in the Bavarian town of Prien am Chiemsee in April last year. The murder was committed before the eyes of two of the woman’s sons, aged 5 and 11 at the time.

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