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Biker boss suspected in Bögerl murder

Police in the Czech Republic have arrested the German boss of the feared Bandido biker gang suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of banker’s wife Maria Bögerl, media reported Friday.

Biker boss suspected in Bögerl murder
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Austrian daily Krone reported that the biker boss, Marvin R., was arrested at the beginning of April in the Czech city of Budweis. He was wanted in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, the United States and South Africa on multiple charges of kidnapping extortion and at least one murder.

About a dozen crack special operations police raided a warehouse in the early morning on the outskirts of Budweis and grabbed Marvin R., 55, who had been hiding out there for months.

Marvin R. is believed to have been behind the kidnapping of Maria Bögerl, 54, and the subsequent botched extortion attempt, the paper reported. Bögerl’s body was discovered in woods near her home in the Heidenheim region of Baden-Württemberg last year, several weeks after she was kidnapped.

She was abducted from her home on May 12. A subsequent attempt to hand over €300,000 failed, and her body was found not far from the hand-over spot, on June 3.

Marvin R. was wanted in Austria in connection with a similar case – the botched kidnapping of the wife of a local bank branch manager in the Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria in September last year.

Two men rang the doorbell at the family home, posing as beggars and, when the 61-year-old wife answered, they tried to hustle her into the house. However, the woman screamed at the top of her lungs and the men fled.

The Local/djw

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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.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

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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