Two Afghans get life for fatally stabbing would-be father in Athens

A Greek court has sentenced two Afghan men to life in prison over the fatal stabbing and robbery of a Greek man that sparked extensive anti-immigrant riots in central Athens.

The court on Tuesday convicted Harodi Han Mamad and Shirzad Neinatullah of the murder of 44-year-old Manolis Kantaris on May 10, 2010, and of stealing his video camera as he was preparing to drive his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth.

At least 25 people were hurt in an anti-immigrant rampage by far-right youths two days later — starting a wave of xenophobic street attacks in Athens.

The ultra-right Golden Dawn party won nearly 7 percent of the vote in general elections last June — increasing its support more than 20-fold. The party officially condemns violent attacks.


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