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Germany extradites 'laser man' racist killer to Sweden

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Germany extradites 'laser man' racist killer to Sweden
Ausonius on trial in Frankfurt in February 2018. Photo: DPA
17:18 CET+01:00
Germany said Friday it had extradited to Sweden John Ausonius, the convicted killer known as "the laser man" for using a precision-scope rifle to target immigrants and a Holocaust survivor.

"He was extradited on Thursday," Frankfurt state prosecutor Nadja Niesen
told AFP.

Ausonius, a 65-year-old Swedish citizen, has been found guilty of murder in
both countries, most recently receiving a life term in Germany in February
last year that was upheld on appeal in November.

Previously he was already serving a life sentence in Sweden for a six-month
shooting spree in 1991-92.

Using the laser-scoped rifle, he had killed a 34-year-old Iranian man and
wounded 10 other people from countries including Brazil, Greece, Syria and
Zimbabwe.

In a sign of Ausonius's notoriety, Norwegian white supremacist mass
murderer Anders Behring Breivik at his own trial mentioned the "laser man" as
a figure who shared the same goals.

The convict, who was extradited to Germany in late 2016, was in February
2018 found guilty of the murder of 68-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor
Blanka Zmigrod in Frankfurt in 1992.

Ausonius, having now received life terms in two countries, is considered
almost certain to spend the rest of his life locked up without parole.

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