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No widow's pension for suicide pact survivor

The Local · 5 Jun 2012, 09:42

Published: 05 Jun 2012 09:42 GMT+02:00

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The woman had planned to kill herself alongside her husband in July 2006, but the botched pact left her alive, while her husband died, Der Spiegel magazine reported.

The woman was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence for voluntary euthanasia, after a psychological assessment found that her ability to control her actions was "severely limited" at the time.

She currently works in a care home for the disabled, and also receives a reduced income capacity benefit.

Both the Hesse state court and Germany's Federal Social Court have now ruled that she is not entitled to a widow's pension, because German law says people who have caused the death of family members are barred - even if their responsibility for the death is limited.

The BSG said the law was clear "regardless of the degree of guilt."

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14:10 June 5, 2012 by bobmarchiano
The man worked for this pension and someone should be entitled to it not the STATE
18:47 June 5, 2012 by Englishted
Time to change the law to take into account actions of people who do it out of love (e.g. someone who is terminally ill and in great pain )and then suffer twice over.
00:04 June 6, 2012 by raandy
bobmarchiano I agree. The law is cold and unfeeling.
01:45 June 6, 2012 by lenny van
It is like any insurance plan in Germany. Or better, like any monetary transaction with a German. They will do anything they can, no matter how immoral, and make you fight before they will part with money, no matter how obvious it is that they owe you the money. The difference between the kinds of materialism between Germans and Americans is that Americans spend their money to enjoy life. Money is worshiped in Germany and worth fighting personal jihads keep tit or get more.

Last week a 74 year old American man was told that he would have to pay the .€ 500 deductible for a 1 cm scratch on the plastic bumper of a car. from ADAC. When he refused to give them the key, unless they wrote on his contract that there was no damage on the car, they forced him out of the office into a severe thunderstorm with heavy lightning and hail. When he finally got to the U-Bahn, he was soaking wet and shivering.
18:58 June 8, 2012 by raandy
lenny van interesting, I am not sure I understand this correctly, They accused him of making the 1cm scratch on their ADAC auto and wanted him to pay their 500 deductible? and the key was from his auto I assume, yet he had to walk out into a downpour after they kicked him out of their office? is this correct? what happened to his auto? thanks
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