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German parents who tried to sell baby on Ebay go free

The German parents caught offering their baby for sale on Ebay will go unpunished, prosecutors in Memmingen said on Thursday.

German parents who tried to sell baby on Ebay go free
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The 23-year-old mother from the village of Holzgünz in the German state of Bavaria who put her 7-month-old baby up for sale on the internet auction site in late May will not be charged because no criminal act could be proven, a prosecution spokesperson said.

During the investigation, the woman said she had meant the auction as a joke. The item description on Ebay read, “Offering an almost new baby for sale because it’s gotten too loud.” Several people who saw the description alerted police, and the child was taken into custody by child protection services and examined by doctors.

According to a statement from the state prosecutor’s office, there was “no evidence of neglect of negligence of the healthy child.” There were also no “contractual negotiations” that could have accounted for attempted child trafficking, the statement said.

The baby has been returned to its parents.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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