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Austrian man gets 15 years for ex-wife’s murder in Geneva

An Austrian lawyer who allegedly shot his ex-wife to death two years ago in Geneva after watching a football game on TV has been sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison.

Austrian man gets 15 years for ex-wife's murder in Geneva
View of Geneva. Photo: Yann/Wikimedia

The 37-year-old Viennese man was found and arrested at the scene with the murder weapon in June 2014.  

According to the court, the man executed his 42-year-old wife with five shots shortly after watching a football match with his son.  It was stated that the man feared his wife, who was Mexican, would return to Mexico with their two children after the end of their marriage.

The man had bought the gun in Vienna just a few months previously.  He claimed that he remembered taking his son back to his ex-wife's home, but that he had no memory whatsoever of the events which led to her death.

The defense team sought an acquittal in relation to the alleged memory loss, but the court was not persuaded, and sentenced him to 15 years in custody in Switzerland.

The murder took place in the centre of Geneva. The ex-spouses had apparently been arguing for years.
 
The couple had originally lived, according to media reports, in St. Gallen but then had separated and divorced.  
 
The lawyer had moved to Germany, while the woman and her children moved to Geneva.  Swiss authorities had previously imposed a restraining order on the man because of his behaviour towards his ex-wife.

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Austrian people smuggler jailed over deaths of Syrians in minivan

An Austrian court on Monday sentenced a people smuggler to seven years in prison over the deaths of two Syrians who suffocated in the crammed minivan he was driving, Austria's news agency reported.

Austrian people smuggler jailed over deaths of Syrians in minivan

The bodies of the two men were discovered last October when Austrian authorities stopped and searched a van at the border with Hungary.

Thirty people in total were crammed in the vehicle, whose driver fled the scene but was later arrested in Latvia and extradited.

The 19-year-old Latvian was found guilty of people smuggling and causing fatal injuries, but was not found guilty of murder, APA reported.

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He said he would accept the verdict, but the prosecution can still appeal it, APA said.

A court spokeswoman could not immediately be reached by AFP. 

Austria’s interior ministry announced in May that police had smashed a group believed to have smuggled tens of thousands of mostly Syrians, including the two found suffocated, from Hungary to Austria.

A total of 205 people suspected to be linked to the group have been arrested in central and eastern Europe, the ministry said.

Those smuggled, including children, were trying to reach western European countries, including Germany and France.

The October discovery of the dead men recalled a dire event in August 2015 when 71 people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan suffocated in the back of an air-tight van where they had been hidden by people smugglers.

The bodies, including those of three children and a baby, were discovered in Austria but they had died while still on the other side of the border.

Almost four years later, the Hungarian courts sentenced their smugglers to life imprisonment.

The emotion aroused by that tragedy triggered a brief opening of the borders to hundreds of thousands of people wishing to reach Western Europe.

But Austria and other European countries have since fortified borders to stop people smuggling.

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