1. Hungary sentences Syrian migrant to seven years for border riot
BUDAPEST/SZEGED (Reuters) - A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to seven years in prison for illegally crossing the border and for being an accomplice in “an act of terror” during clashes with police in September 2015, state news agency MTI reported on Wednesday.
The preliminary ruling after a retrial of the case, which is milder than the original 10-year sentence issued in 2016, comes as Prime Minister Viktor Orban campaigns on an anti-immigrant platform ahead of an April 8 election he is expected to win.
Ahmed Hamed was part of a group that crossed illegally into Hungary on Sept. 16, 2015 and also spoke to the crowd using a loudspeaker before hundreds of migrants forced open the border gate and police fired water cannon and teargas.
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2. Belgium: Afghan migrant murders young mother, and her children discover her body
A 27-year-old Belgian mother of two has been stabbed to death in her home in the Belgian city of Herentals. The woman had a new relationship with an Afghan man, who has been arrested while he was on the run.
The horrible events took place during the night of Monday to Tuesday. A local resident saw a car speeding through the street after someone left the house near 4:30 am.
Around 9:00 am the woman’s two young daughters, aged 4 and 7, were walking in pyjamas through the streets and alarmed one of the neighbours.
The neighbour, called Brend, says the girls told him their “mother was laying on the floor in a pool of blood”. [...]
The Afghan isn’t the father of the children and the woman had no contact with her ex-husband. The two girls have been put in foster care.
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4. Germany: AfD supporter removed for protest during Angela Merkel’s swearing in
Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Leader Angela Merkel was elected as Germany's Federal Chancellor for the fourth time in Berlin's parliament on Wednesday.
After the oath-taking ceremony an AfD sympathiser sitting on the visitor tribune showed a poster with photos of AfD Members of Parliament. He was escorted outside by orderlies of the house.
The 63-year-old CDU leader received a secret ballot of 364 out of 688 valid votes in the German parliament. Merkel received only just nine votes over the absolute majority of 355 votes required for the Chancellor's election.
The Grand Coalition of the Union (CDU/CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) have 399 out of the 709 available seats in the German parliament.
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7. Man found guilty of murdering family in Denmark
A jury at Frederiksberg City Court has found a 39-year-old man guilty of last year murdering his wife and three children.
The jury reached its decision in the case on Wednesday, reports news agency Ritzau.
A sentence will be given in May following a statement by the Danish Medical Legal Council (Retslægerådet) in regard to the man's psychiatric state, the agency writes.
He admitted the crimes at a preliminary hearing shortly after his arrest last year and again at the start of his trial in February.
The man, who is of Afghan heritage, said that the killings were the culmination of a long-running conflict with his wife.
“We fought all the time. She had promised my daughter to a man in Afghanistan. I didn't want that,” he said according to Ritzau's report.
8. Germany: 3 Syrians Sentenced to Prison for Belonging to ISIS
A German court on Monday sentenced three Syrians to years-long jail terms for belonging to ISIS and forming sleeper cell in Germany to carry out terrorist operations.
The oldest of the accused, identified as 27-year-old Mohamed A., was given the longest sentence of six-and-a-half years by Hamburg’s higher regional court, and his 19- and 20-year-old co-accused, minors at the time of the acts, received prison terms of three and a half years each. [...]
The accused were given fake passports, cash and mobile phones from ISIS, according to the court, and used the same smuggling network as the assailants who had carried out the ISIS-claimed attacks in Paris in 2015 that left 130 people dead.
There were “many parallels” between the German sleeper cell and the Paris cell, the presiding judge said.
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10. Police hide emergency trauma kits around London for terror attacks
Sixty officers will be trained to use the packs, which are filled with specialist medical equipment and are hidden in various spots – to be used only in major incidents.
The packs contain around 40 items including face masks, batteries, ice packs, goggles, adhesive dressings, eye pads, and more.
Their locations are plotted on a map so the police control room is able to make use of them in the event of a major incident.
The City of London Police said the initial trauma pack scheme was launched last year. [...]
“Unfortunately the threat to the UK from international terrorism is ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely.
As we have seen over the past year in the UK, the first aid treatment which is carried out within the first few moments following an attack can be life-saving.”