• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Judge sends 'King of Germany' to jail

The Local · 18 Oct 2013, 12:24

Published: 18 Oct 2013 12:24 GMT+02:00

Officers caught Peter Fitzek, who claims to have a established his own kingdom outside Wittenberg in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, behind the wheel with a counterfeit license from his made-up realm.

On Thursday he was sentenced to three months in prison.

The former cook appeared before the court in a shirt emblazoned with his kingdom’s coat of arms.

But judge Thorsten Steufert was less than sympathetic to the self-proclaimed monarch, the Bild newspaper reported. “You have built a fantasy world with a fanciful political worldview,” he told the 48-year-old.

But Fitzek showed no repentance. “I do own a driving license. That of my kingdom,” he said. The judge at the court in Neustadt, Lower Saxony, could not help but laugh, the Bild said.

The former video store manager has racked up 24 traffic offences and was caught driving with the false driver’s licence eight times. In 2012 he gave up his real license in favour of a homemade copy, which he claims to be valid in his kingdom which he founded last year.

In Garbsen, Lower Saxony, on January 8th this year Fitzek was stopped by police for driving 116 km/h in a 70 km/h zone in his BMW.

Police also discovered he was using the made-up driving licence and because he refused to pay the €2,400 fine he was taken to court.

The ‘King of New Germany’ has vowed to appeal against the ruling, insisting that “the jurisdiction of the Federal Republic of Germany does not apply to other heads of state,” Bild reported.

His 'kingdom' covers nine hectares, boasts 3,500 voluntary citizens and has its own currency - Engel-Geld meaning Angel money. Fitzek has even issued his own passports.

Fitzek was also in the spotlight recently regarding a dispute with Germany’s Financial Supervisory Authority over the purchase of hospital buildings in his Kingdom, according to Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.

He ended his letter to the body with Pluralis Majestatis (the Royal We) and signed it Peter, Imperator Fiduziar (Peter, the trustworthy commander).

Fitzek has also featured in a video documentary for cult news site Vice.

READ MORE: Court orders man to split lottery winnings with ex-wife

Story continues below…

The Local/fs

Follow us on Twitter @thelocalgermany

Like The Local Germany on Facebook

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Dresden 'most woman-friendly’ city in Germany
Photo: DPA.

Sorry Berlin, you're not the most progressive city for women, according to a new report.

The future belongs to these 10 German regions
This east German city won the 'most improved' category. Photo: DPA

A new study shows that one city above all will dominate the future of Germany, but if you're canny you might still want to think about moving to Leipzig or Erfurt.

Fugitive ex-terrorists 'on huge crime spree' in north Germany
(L-r): ex-RAF members Volker Staub, Daniela Klette, and Burkhard Garweg. Photo: BKA

In their struggle against capitalism they once murdered businessmen and politicians. Now three ex-terrorists have taken to robbing supermarkets - and rather successfully, too.

Scooter singer finally reveals how much the fish cost
H.P. Baxxter. Photo: DPA

It is the question Germans have wanted to know the answer to for almost two decades - and now they have the answer, thanks to a US talkshow host.

'I'm definitely not a paedophile': disgraced MP
Former MP Sebastian Edathy is in hiding after a child pornography scandal destroyed his career. Photo: DPA

Former MP Sebastian Edathy quit his job and left Germany after videos of naked children were found on his computer.

Weekend promises storms, humidity - and a bit of sun
A storm in Cuxhaven last weekend. Photo: DPA

The forecast for the coming days isn’t the pristine blue skies many of us are longing for. But, in among the storms, the sun will still peek out.

Prosecutors take aim at unedited Hitler book
An original edition of 'Mein Kampf' featuring a photo of Hitler on an inside cover. Photo: DPA

German prosecutors said on Thursday they were investigating whether to bring charges against a publisher who has promised to print a version of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" without annotations.

VW bets on battery factory for electric car dominance
A VW logo is seen in front of a plugged-in electric car. Photo: DPA

Scandal-hit car giant Volkswagen is set to sink huge sums into building a factory for batteries to power its future electric cars, German media reported on Friday.

Raging ticket controller seizes Chinese traveler's passport
File photo of a plainclothes ticket controller. Photo: DPA.

Germany's national rail operator is in hot water after a ticket controller reacted aggressively to a newly arrived Chinese traveler who made one of the most basic transit mistakes: forgetting to stamp her ticket.

Berlin politician crusades for health of skateboarding dog
File photo: DPA

Can a canine enjoy skateboarding? That's the question Berlin politicians are struggling to address in a row over a dog on four wheels.

Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Society
Pegida enraged by black children on chocolate bars
Health
New father's tragic herpes warning touches 1000s online
National
Monsanto takeover would be 'diabolical': environmentalists
Lifestyle
10 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
Politics
MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV
National
China beats Germany in readiness to help refugees
Hamburg
Headless Lübeck corpse turns out to be discarded sex doll
National
Pensioner claims to have found hidden Nazi nukes
Business & Money
Here's why Munich is worth 20 times more than Berlin
Culture
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
Lifestyle
6 things about Munich that will stay with you forever
Technology
Church plans to connect with faithful at Wi-Fi 'Godspots'
Technology
Online hate speech can cost users thousands of Euros
Society
Bavarians in rush for non-lethal weapons licenses
Sport
Here's Germany's Mannschaft for Euro 2016
Culture
The Syrian pianist playing his way into Germans' hearts
The parrot who flew fast enough to trigger a speed camera
Technology
New law could let free Wi-Fi bloom across Germany
Politics
Berlin's plans to beef up the German army
Sport
Lufthansa's Euro 2016 ad takes aim at England
National
Supermarkets must pay massive fine for fixing beer prices
National
4/20: Five things to know about weed in Germany
Berlin
Police break up hipster swarm at vegan restaurant opening
7,850
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd