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Suspected Killers Of Peruvian On Trial In Russia

Russian skinheads at a protest against immigration in November 2005 (AFP) April 4, 2006 -- Thirteen suspects aged between 15 and 19 today went on trial on charges related to the killing of an 18-year-old Peruvian student last October.

Three others -- another Peruvian, a Spaniard, and a Russian -- were wounded in the incident, in the southwestern city of Voronezh.

One of the suspects is charged with racially motivated murder, the others with robbery and hooliganism. State prosecutor Ivan Kovalev said investigators believe there is "substantial evidence this crime was committed out of ethnic and racial hatred."

The trial is being held behind closed doors as one of the suspects is a minor.

(ITAR-TASS, Interfax)

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