Austria - Synagogue attackers from Graz convicted

An Austrian court on Thursday handed a Syrian aged 32 a three-year jail term for vandalising a synagogue and other antisemitic attacks.

The court in the southeastern city of Graz was placed in a care institution after finding the man, who committed the offences in August 2020, to be psychologically disturbed, a spokesperson told AFP.

He was arrested after he threw stones and scrawled pro-Palestinian slogans on the town synagogue before threatening the head of the local Jewish community and also damaged a local facility used by an LGBT group.

In court the man said he regretted actions that the prosecutor said were motivated by "hatred of Jews, homosexuals and prostitutes", the APA news agency reported.