'King of Germany' put in jail for driving without license
The Local · 26 Feb 2016, 11:33
Published: 26 Feb 2016 11:33 GMT+01:00
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Oops, he did it again. According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Peter Fitzek, the self-proclaimed "King of Germany" was caught driving without a license eight times between October 2012 and September 2013 - and for that he found himself up in front of Roßlau-Dessau Regional court on Wednesday.
But this is far from his first time facing the judges. In 2014, Fitzek was indicted for running an insurance company without allowance, underlining his contempt for German bureaucracy's license laws.
In fact only a day later, on Thursday, Fitzek was sentenced to seven months in prison by the Wittenberg local court in Saxony-Anhalt.
Apparently he continued his streak with two more offences of the kind in 2014, in one of which he presented the officials with a fake Paraguayan license. He is appealing against the verdict.
Let's back up a bit. To Fitzek, 2012 was not only the year of going for the record of traffic law offences – he also took the "throne" of his own newly established kingdom, namely the grounds of a former hospital in Saxony-Anhalt (check out the Youtube video of the ceremony).
Ever since then, the 50-year-old has taken measures to legitimize his state by establishing its own currency (Reichsmark), founding a bank (Königliche Reichsbank), distributing passports to his "citizens" and more , as you can see on his website koenigreichdeutschland.org.
Not surprisingly, he has been in conflict with the law multiple times - though to him a trial is more a form of self-promotion than anything else.
So it was on Wednesday, when the King of Germany entered the court room with a confident stride and a wide grin. Not to mention the stitched-on crown on his button-up shirt.
First things first: when his name was taking for general information, he corrected the judge on a small yet significant detail – he wanted to be noted down as Peter the First. In the following proceeding Fitzek also referred to himself as the Majesty.
And this was only the beginning of the absurdity. Apparently, the "sovereign" had handed in his license to the German Driving License Agency who struck him from the driver's register. In truly regal style, he then issued himself one of his own one.
He insisted that he hadn't relinquished his right to drive by handing in his papers - he simply meant to revoke his legal ties to the Bundesrepublik (German Republic). Let's see if the judges will be on the same page as him there.
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