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Sikh temple shooting trial starts

Six men have gone on trial in connection with last year's bloody shooting at a temple in the Austrian capital. A Sikh preacher was killed and more than a dozen others were wounded including a second Sikh cleric during the May 24 incident.

world Updated: Jul 12, 2010 17:13 IST

Six men have gone on trial in connection with last year's bloody shooting at a temple in the Austrian capital. A Sikh preacher was killed and more than a dozen others were wounded including a second Sikh cleric during the May 24 incident. The rampage triggered riots in several cities in northern India.

The main suspect is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. The other five are accused of accessory to murder and attempted intentional aggravated assault.

None have been officially identified but the Vienna public prosecutor's office said five are Indian citizens and that the nationality of the sixth suspect is unknown.

A verdict is not expected before the end of September. If convicted, the suspects face up to life in prison.