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Police nab boxer driving 230 kilometres per hour

Former world boxing champion Arthur Abraham’s driving licence is at risk after he was pulled over by police in Berlin doing 230 kilometres per hour (142 miles per hour) in his Ferrari, a new speed record for the city.

Police nab boxer driving 230 kilometres per hour
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According to the Tagesspiegel newspaper the 31-year-old was first spotted zooming along the city’s A113 motorway in a section where the speed limit is only 80kph Wednesday evening.

But shocked police used a radar gun to clock his car’s speed and after a short chase, they pulled him over. He told them he was on his way to an awards ceremony and running late, according to the newspaper.

Officers let him go but followed him the rest of the way to the ceremony to ensured he stayed within the law.

Abraham now risks a three month driving ban and a fine of €1,360.

This is not the first time he has demonstrated a need for speed, and has been banned from the road in the past.

The Armenian-German boxer was the International Boxing Federation’s world middleweight champion between 2005 and 2009.

The Local/mdm

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German police under fire for using tracing app to find witnesses

German police drew criticism Tuesday for using an app to trace contacts from bars and restaurants in the fight against the pandemic as part of an investigation.

A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant.
A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marijan Murat

The case stemming from November last year began after the fatal fall of a man while leaving a restaurant in the western city of Mainz.

Police seeking possible witnesses made use of data from an app known as Luca, which was designed for patrons to register time spent in restaurants and taverns to track the possible spread of coronavirus.

Luca records the length of time spent at an establishment along with the patron’s full name, address and telephone number – all subject to Germany’s strict data protection laws.

However the police and local prosecutors in the case in Mainz successfully appealed to the municipal health authorities to gain access to information about 21 people who visited the restaurant at the same time as the man who died.

After an outcry, prosecutors apologised to the people involved and the local data protection authority has opened an inquiry into the affair.

“We condemn the abuse of Luca data collected to protect against infections,” said the company that developed the Luca app, culture4life, in a statement.

It added that it had received frequent requests for its data from the authorities which it routinely rejected.

Konstantin von Notz, a senior politician from the Greens, junior partners in the federal coalition, warned that abuse of the app could undermine public trust.

“We must not allow faith in digital apps, which are an important tool in the fight against Covid-19, to disappear,” he told Tuesday’s edition of Handelsblatt business daily.

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