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No Angels star could leave prison soon

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No Angels star could leave prison soon
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17:56 CEST+02:00
Nadja Benaissa, the No Angels singer accused of grievous bodily harm for allegedly having unprotected sex without telling her lover she was HIV positive – and infecting him – may soon be out of custody.

Nearly a week after being arrested, the 26-year-old's lawyer Christian Schertz is talking with the state prosecutor in Darmstadt, to try to get her out of prison.

Ger Neuber, spokesman for the state prosecutor said, “We are trying to find a solution to this investigative custody situation with the defence.”

But Schertz criticised the information about her HIV status having been released by the state prosecutor. He also told Stern magazine that the argument for keeping her in custody – that she might otherwise reoffend – had been made irrelevant by the fact that everyone in the country must now know of her HIV status.

The singer was arrested on Saturday night in Frankfurt shortly before she was due to go on stage at a disco.

The prosecutor says she had unprotected sex with three men between 2004 and 2006 when she knew she was HIV positive, but did not tell them of her status. At least one of these men is now also HIV positive and has accused her of giving him the virus.

Neuber said the authorities had no other choice but to arrest her at the disco, having tried to make contact with her previously to no avail. He also said they felt duty-bound in the light of the massive media interest in the story, to release facts on the state of the matter.

He would not suggest a date on which she might be released, but said it was unlikely to be Thursday.

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