[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Jail for Tajik girl's attackers
Teenagers who attacked a Tajik family in St Petersburg, leaving a girl aged nine dead, have been given jail terms of 18 months to five years.

Seven defendants were found guilty of hooliganism and one was acquitted.

The jury found the case against the defendant also charged with killing Khursheda Sultonova unproven.

The jurors also ruled out prosecution claims that the attack in February in 2004 was ethnically motivated, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Khursheda Sultonova died from multiple stab wounds and her father and nephew were injured in the attack.

Ethnic groups in Russia have raised concerns that the acquittal could provoke more attacks by racists who think they can act unpunished.


SEE ALSO:
Living with race hate in Russia
24 Feb 06 |  Europe
Murder of African alarms Russia
26 Dec 05 |  Europe
Country profile: Russia
21 Mar 06 |  Country profiles


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific