Norway: Six years for racist fire

A 19 year old has been sentenced to six years in jail for setting fire to a house and apartment building in Halden last summer.  The man confessed to having racist motives and to hating Muslims.

The man set fire to a house in July, in which there were 15 people at the time.  Nobody was injured, though the risk of somebody being killed was great.  In August the man set fire to an apartment building of eight apartments, in which there were eight people.  One person jumped out the window of the second story and sustained broken bones.

The 19 year old must in addition pay restitution to his victims, which goes up to several million kroner.  The man was also sentenced for damaging cars and spraying swastikas and racist symbols on house walls.

Source: Aftenposten (Norwegian)

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