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 said that his former client could not find his place in society and found himself in an inappropriate entourage. The young man’s family was not at all religiously fanatical, he added.

“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.

“The fact is that the terrorist managed to trick the judicial system’s deradicalization program to secure his release,” said Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer, adding that the system should be re-evaluated.
The 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai is the first to open fire last night in central Vienna near a synagogue, killing four people. 21 people were injured. 14 suspects are being questioned by the authorities. The number of attackers is unknown.