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Turkey court orders stabbing retrial

Turkey’s Court of Appeals has ordered a retrial for a man convicted of stabbing to death two English soccer fans. Ali Umit Demir was found guilty last year of killing Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight before a UEFA cup tie between Leeds United and Galatasaray in April 2000. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail – seven-and-a-half years for each killing. But an appeal court ruled on Friday that more forensic work should have done to determine whether Loftus’ blood was on Demir’s knife. It also said that prosecutors in the new trial should bear in mind that Demir committed the crime under “severe provocation”, which could lead to a lighter sentence. Full Story

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