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Remains of billionaire Flick found in Hungary

The remains of German billionaire Friedrich Karl Flick, which were stolen a year ago, have been recovered in Hungary, the police announced on Monday.

Remains of billionaire Flick found in Hungary
Photo: DPA

“The coffin of Friedrich Karl Flick together with his remains were secured in Hungary on November 29 and handed over to the Austrian authorities,” the police said in a statement.

Austrian police spokesman Alexander Marakovits refused to give further details, citing ongoing investigations by the Hungarian authorities. Budapest police promised information on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Media reports in Germany and Austria reported on Monday that several people had been arrested in connection with the discovery of Flick’s body, but neither Austrian nor Hungarian police would confirm such details.

Flick’s remains were stolen in November 2008 from his mausoleum at the cemetery in Velden, in southern Austria, after thieves succeeded in shifting a 100-kilogramme (200-pound) slab of granite to make off with the coffin.

A month later, his widow Ingrid Flick offered a €100,000 ($150,000) reward to anyone who would bring back the body. No ransom demand was ever made by the robbers however and repeated investigations led nowhere.

Friedrich Karl Flick Jr, who died in 2006 aged 79, was ranked 94 among the world’s richest people that same year by Forbes magazine.

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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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