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Rapper fined over ‘nauseating’ misogynist lyrics

A Berlin rapper who goes by the stage name of Frauenarzt – or "gynaecologist" – was fined €8,400 by a court on Monday for distributing violent pornographic writings and depictions of violence.

Rapper fined over 'nauseating' misogynist lyrics
Photo: A screenshot of the defendant's Myspace. com page

The Tiergarten district court found the 31-year-old guilty of producing two CDs in 2006 containing songs that describe the torture, mutilation and murder of women in excessive detail.

Furthermore, a police search of the man’s home in Tempelhof in April turned up 15 CDs with similar content, though by other artists.

During the trial, the defendant, through his lawyer, admitted the charges. He said he was planning a new album with “pure party and humourous music.”

The court agreed with the prosecution that the rapper had “deliberately provoked” with “unbelievably brutal and nauseating” lyrics in order to gain fame.

The verdict follows a recent case in which Berlin rapper Sido reached a €14,000 settlement with an elderly woman who he had threatened to beat with her own crutches in 2007. The dispute was allegedly over a car parking space.

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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