Posted on11. May 2022, 15:32
Before the cup semi-final match in February 2018, FCZ fans attacked GC fans gathered in front of the Prime Tower. The main perpetrator, a 27-year-old Syrian, stood in court on Wednesday.
Police released the video of the brutal attack before the cup semi-final match in February 2018 and were looking for witnesses.
Zurich City Police
On Wednesday, the 27-year-old Syrian had to answer to the Supreme Court. According to the indictment, he brutally kicked an unconscious GC fan in the head several times.
20 min / Taddeo Cerletti
The 27-year-old man had to answer before the Supreme Court of Zurich on Wednesday.
According to the indictment, he repeatedly kicked the GC trailer lying on the ground.
The accused pleaded guilty in court.
The Supreme Court sentenced him to 20 months imprisonment, incl. for attempted serious injury.
On February 28, 2018, some 60 chaotic FCZ people hit the GC fans gathered in front of the Prime Tower uncritically. After a brutal attack before the cup semi-final match, the Zurich city police released video surveillance cameras and searched for witnesses. The main perpetrator is a 27-year-old Syrian. On Wednesday, he appeared before the Supreme Court in Zurich. According to the indictment, he repeatedly kicked the GC trailer lying on the ground.
The accused pleaded guilty to the Supreme Court. According to his own testimony, he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs on the day of the crime. “I don’t understand why I did it. Probably felt cool. Today I am ashamed of this cowardice. Sorry for what happened, said the 27-year-old. “I didn’t put myself or the football scene in a good light. I would like to apologize to the victim for the act and to the football scene for the negative headlines. ”
In June 2021, the District Court in Zurich sentenced him to 28 months in prison for, inter alia, attempted serious bodily injury. Together with the judgment of the Basel-Stadt criminal court, this resulted in a total penalty of five years and four months. In addition, he was expelled from the country for seven years. The defense attorney announced an appeal against the sentence at the hearing.
“I found support only from my friends and the football club”
The 27-year-old said Wednesday about the possible expulsion from the country: “My life is in Switzerland. I don’t have anyone in Syria. ” He came to Switzerland at the age of three and grew up in Zurich. In court, the 27-year-old describes a difficult young man. He spent most of his childhood and youth in foster homes and families. “I only found support from my friends and the soccer club. Football friends were my foster family – said the accused.
The defense attorney wanted his client to be acquitted of attempted grievous bodily harm. The judgment of the first instance was too harsh. There is no evidence that the accused intended to seriously hurt the victim. “When the victim ran out of strength, he let go of him,” said the lawyer. Due to an argument, breach of peace and offenses against the Arms Act, the accused should be found guilty and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of up to twelve months. The penalty should be postponed in favor of the young adult measure.
«You have to punish me. The question is how difficult? “
However, the prosecutor’s office demanded that the district court’s judgment be upheld. Due to a “pointless and brutal” approach, the accused suffered serious injuries. At the end of the hearing, the accused spoke: “I must be punished. The question is how difficult? I want a fair judgment. ” On the day of the crime, he was completely exaggerating. Only later did he realize the seriousness of the situation.
The Supreme Court sentenced the 27-year-old to 20 months in prison, incl. for attempted serious injury. In addition, he has to leave the country for six years. “The first kick was not a ‘kick’, it was a stomp. The accused knew what he was doing, even if everything happened very quickly – said the judge in the verdict. Therefore, the court classified this kick as an attempted grievous bodily injury.
According to the judge, the court had long deliberations on the expulsion from the country. The court recognizes that the man has spent most of his life in Switzerland and therefore may be a difficult case. But it does make the public interest in the eviction greater. “The accused took advantage of vulnerable people in Basel and Zurich. Too much has happened, ”the judge said.
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