Migrant Who Beat Christian Near To Death May Escape Harsh Punishment On Technicality

The trial of a man accused of beating a Christian migrant convert may come to an end because of a dispute over his age. An Afghan migrant is currently on trial in a German court where he is accused of brutally beating an Iranian migrant who had recently converted to Christianity. The perpetrator of the attack, who is himself Muslim, was said to have beaten the 24-year-old Iranian so badly that he faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. The defence has now cast doubt on the alleged age of the attacker at the time, and the judge may be forced to call for a mis-trial on the basis of him being under the age of criminal responsibility, Die Welt reports. The crime took place at a migrant centre in Hamburg in October of last year and saw the Afghan beat the recently converted Iranian with a telescopic baton while he yelled “Allahu Akbar”. The prosecution maintains that the attacker was 22 years old at the time of the attack and should be prosecuted as an adult. They also claimed that the attack was motivated by religious hatred as the Afghani had, just two days prior to the attack, publicly denounced the convert as