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September 29, 2004
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The leader of an Argentine gang accused of kidnapping a Jewish man and cutting off his finger was sentenced to 22 years in jail. Other members of the gang were sentenced Monday to anywhere between three and 16 years of prison and two were acquitted. The victim, Ariel Strajman, said he was disappointed by the sentences. The court did not consider “racial hate” as part of the sentence, although the perpetrator allegedly used an anti-Jewish epithet. The prosecutor and the plaintiff had demanded at least 30 years of prison for the gang leader, Adrian Sommaruga.

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