In an interview with an Austrian news agency, Rast condemned Monday’s attack and sent condolences to the families of the victims. The lawyer said of the client that he was a disoriented young man and radicalized as a teenager to a mosque where he later went regularly.
“He came from a perfectly normal family. To me, he was a young man who had the misfortune to make the wrong friends. If he hadn’t gone to a mosque, but to boxing, he would have become a boxer, “said Nikolaus Rast, adding that he never imagined he could become an assassin. Freedom.
The young man, born in Vienna to Albanian parents from northern Macedonia, was sentenced last April to 22 months in prison after being arrested for trying to cross the border into Syria from Turkey and sent back to Austria. He was released earlier, in December last year.