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French teen sentenced for desecrating German WWI graves

AFP · 26 Aug 2010, 07:12

Published: 26 Aug 2010 07:12 GMT+02:00

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The court in the northeastern town of Laon also ordered the woman to do 210 hours of community service that included repairing the damaged graves.

More than 70 metal crosses were broken or torn off the tombs at the Champ-de-Manoeuvre cemetery outside Laon at the weekend, with a Jewish Star of David on one of them also damaged.

The woman and a companion who is younger than 16 were arrested on Monday and admitted to vandalising the tombs while two of their friends drove motorbikes around the cemetery.

The minor also appeared before a judge Wednesday and was put under judicial supervision until a hearing in a children's court due in October.

The two bike riders have also been detained but have not yet appeared in court.

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Police said Monday the youngsters had been drinking alcohol and held a motocross rally in the cemetery. They appeared not to have been motivated by xenophobia or anti-German feeling, police said.

The cemetery houses the remains of nearly 3,500 German soldiers killed in battles throughout World War I, between 1914 and 1918.

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08:30 August 26, 2010 by Britlass
disgusting! Bring back capital punishment.
13:42 August 26, 2010 by NYsteve
I'm not a supporter of any capital punishment......BUT...these kids should be made to do community service IN the cemetary...repair markers, crosses, mow the grass, clean grafitti (if there is any), paint fences...for a year...then maybe they will appreciate to admire & respect such places and take care of them.
17:28 August 26, 2010 by William Thirteen
kids do the darndest things...
18:42 August 29, 2010 by wenddiver
Why doesn't the German Government bring these poor boys home??? Who would want to lie in a country they tried to conquer??? Of course the locals will have hard feelings. New National cemetaries should be built in Germany and the graves brought home and given proper respect.
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