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Libya wants to buy German ankle monitors

The interim Libyan government is interested in buying German electronic monitoring devices for criminals, it was reported Monday.

Libya wants to buy German ankle monitors
Photo: DPA

According to the Bild newspaper, the German Foreign Ministry received an official application for the high-tech ankle shackles from the new Libyan leadership several weeks ago.

The Foreign Ministry reportedly considers the application a chance to engage in trade with Libya after the toppling of dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

But the ministry refused to answer any direct questions on the application.

“The German government is in continual contact with the transitional council and the interim government on how best to support the transition to democracy, economic recovery, the treatment of the injured, and the rebuilding of functioning state institutions,” a ministry spokeswoman told the paper.

Electronic ankle monitors – wristwatch-sized transmitters fitted to a convicted criminal’s ankle – are considered a viable alternative to prison sentences or a useful device during parole periods.

The tags transmit signals 24 hours a day to a data box in the criminal’s home, from where data is transmitted to a central control centre. Police officers in the centre can then see whether the criminal is staying in a designated area or not. An alarm is tripped if anyone attempts to tamper with the monitors or leave the designated area.

Ankle monitors have been in use in the United States since 2007 and in some German states since earlier this year.

The Local/bk

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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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