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Ahmadinejad slams Germany for woman’s courtroom slaying

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blamed Germany for the murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom, state media reported late Sunday.

Ahmadinejad slams Germany for woman's courtroom slaying
Photo: DPA

“The judge, the jury and the German government are responsible in this case,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on the website of a state broadcaster.

The official IRNA news agency also quoted him as blaming US President Barack Obama and other international leaders for “not reacting” to the murder of Marwa al-Sherbini.

“We have not seen any reaction from (Barack) Obama, other European leaders or the secretary general of the UN. We ask them to condemn Germany,” Ahmadinejad said. “When there is a small incident in a country which is opposing them, they adopt resolutions against it, but they do not respect the minimum rights of people in their own countries.”

Sherbini was stabbed at least 18 times in the courtroom in front of her husband and three-year-old son on July 1 by a Russian-born German man who has since been charged with her murder.

On Saturday, around 150 Iranian Islamist students pelted eggs at the German embassy in Tehran and chanted “Death to Germany! Death to Europe!”.

On Friday, Iran had summoned Herbert Honsowitz, Berlin’s ambassador to Tehran, and protested against the murder and urged Berlin to step up efforts to protect the rights of the minorities there.

Muslim groups have dubbed Sherbini’s death as the “veil murder” and her killing drew thousands of mourners at her funeral Monday in Alexandria, Egypt.

Sherbini’s husband, geneticist Elwi Ali Okaz, is in a critical condition in a hospital after he too was stabbed by the assailant and also shot in the leg by confused police who took him for the attacker.

The unemployed 28-year-old attacker, identified only as Alex W., was in court appealing against an earlier conviction and fine for calling Sherbini a “terrorist” for wearing the Islamic headscarf during a dispute.

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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