ATHENS, Greece – An Athens court has convicted two Greek men to life imprisonment for stabbing a Pakistani immigrant worker to death last year, during a spike in racist attacks in the recession-ravaged country.
The court on Tuesday ruled Christos Stergiopoulos, 30, and Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 26, intended to kill 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman when they stabbed him as he cycled to work in Athens.
The defendants were riding a motorbike and claimed the killing followed an argument over who had the right of way. But prosecutor Maria Bereti argued the stabbing was a premeditated hate crime.
Racist attacks have multiplied in Greece after the country's acute financial woes began in 2009. A rise in anti-immigrant sentiment propelled the marginal Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party into Parliament in 2012.