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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Synagogue Attacker to Get New Trial

The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a man sentenced to 13 years in prison for attacking worshipers at a Moscow synagogue and ordered a new trial, the court's spokesman said.

The verdict came after both the prosecution and the defense contested the sentence of Alexander Koptsev, who was convicted of stabbing nine men with a hunting knife at the Chabad Synagogue in January.

Koptsev's lawyers filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in April to have his sentence reduced, arguing he was mentally unstable.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, protested the judge's decision to drop a charge against Koptsev for inciting interethnic hatred and appealed to include it.

Supreme Court spokesman Pavel Odintsov said the reasoning behind Tuesday's decision would be made public later.