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    Latvian Man May Face 3 Years in Prison for Supporting Orlando Shooter

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    A Latvian man who in his comments online voiced support for the shooting in Orlando, Florida at a gay nightclub may face three years in prison, local media reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On June 12, US national Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50 others. The suspect was killed by law enforcement during the siege.

    The Latvian man wrote online that he did not regret that the tragedy had taken place and he wished other homosexuals and lesbians would suffer the same fate. He praised the gunman and said that putting terrorists on trial was perhaps a mistake, Baltnews reported, citing Latvian police.

    According to the media outlet, inspectors are now assessing the man's comments on social media regarding the shooting and will take a decision on further steps after they have completed their analysis.

    The Latvian Criminal Code provides for up to three years' imprisonment, community service or a fine for actions directed at inciting hatred based on age, gender, disability and other grounds.


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