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For three years and three months, a man is supposed to be in custody because he threw stones at the G20 summit and looted business. He was already convicted of similar offences.

G20 riots: Court has so far imposed highest penalty against G20 rioters

For three years and three months, a man is supposed to be in custody because he threw stones at the G20 summit and looted business. He was already convicted of similar offences.

G20 riots: Court has so far imposed highest penalty against G20 rioters

The District Court of Hamburg has condemned a 30-year-old for attacking policemen and riots during G20 summit to three years and three months in prison. This is hardest punishment that has been imposed in connection with riots in July. The verdict is not yet final.

The defendant had looted policemen with stones and bottles of pelted and shops on night of July 8th in Star Hill, judge justified his decision. According to a court spokesman, man was also involved in destruction of shops and a bank.

In view of "relevant criminal record" conduct of accused is inexplicable to court and amount of penalty is necessary, according to judge. The man had already been convicted for throwing stones at policemen during a demonstration in Hamburg.

So far 24 judgments after G20 riots

He admitted accusations to G20 rampage in court, but denied political motivation. He went home on Friday night, subway didn't go. He slipped into riots by chance. Drugs and mood on street would have inhibited him. The prosecutor stressed in his plea that he did not know what was worse: "political conviction perpetrators" or "non-political violence".

The number of convictions in G20 proceedings thus increased to 24. About two weeks ago, Hamburg District court had also sentenced a 28-year-old German to three years in prison for throwing stones and taking part in looting of stores. Seven or procedures, according to speaker, ended with imprisonment without parole, 17 with suspended sentences of between six and 21 months.

The Hamburg public Prosecutor's Office has so far opened 678 investigations in connection with riots according to its own information – 372 of which were accused by name. The authority also determines, according to its own information, against 113 policemen accused of misconduct in G20 operations. Or processes are likely to follow. On Tuesday, investigators of Black Bloc Commission in a nationwide raid researched again in connection with G20 riots apartments and left-wing district centres.

Still seven accused in custody

During summit of Heads of State and Government of 20 most important industrial and emerging countries in early July, re had been serious riots despite use of more than 20,000 policemen. Rioterss were supplying street battles with police, lighting cars and looting business. The authorities are also accused of misconduct, which is being investigated by a committee of inquiry of Hamburg's citizens.

During summit riots, police took more than 400 people or detained m. 51 people n came into custody. Many of m came from nearby European countries; The judiciary feared that y would be displaced before start of criminal proceedings.

According to a court spokesman, re are currently seven accused in custody. The process is currently running against two. The or five have already been convicted. However, y remain in custody for pending revision procedures until ir cases have been finalised.

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