German cops arrest American for Nazi insults

German police arrested an American man after he allegedly called prison officers Nazi pigs, and said they were using Gestapo methods - criminal insults in Germany.

German cops arrest American for Nazi insults
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He is said to have flung the insults at officials while serving time in a Bavarian prison. After serving his sentence he returned to the USA but failed to keep in touch with the authorities despite knowing the investigation into the insults was active.

A decision to take a cruise around the Baltic Sea proved his downfall – as soon as the ship docked in Germany, police moved in and arrested him.

The 53-year-old man served a jail sentence in Bavaria for several fraud-related offences, Erika Krause-Schöne, spokeswoman for the Federal Police in Rostock told The Local.

She said the man was said to have hurled the insults at prison officers during his time in Augsburg prison. The investigation into the insults was continued after his release – when he returned to the USA.

When a foreigner is involved in an ongoing criminal investigation he or she is supposed to nominate a lawyer or other representative to maintain contact with the German authorities on their behalf.

It would appear that the 53-year-old American failed to do this – meaning that in effect he was a fugitive from justice, she said.

The man was arrested on Tuesday while aboard the Queen Victoria cruise ship when it docked in Rostock. “The cruise ship had come from Lithuania on a Baltic Sea tour, and he was a passenger. We check the passenger lists as the American authorities do, and found that there was an arrest warrant for him, so we arrested him.

“He is in investigative custody here in Rostock and will be transferred to Bavaria.”

“We prosecute insults against prison officers relatively consistently, particularly when they are Nazi-related,” said Matthias Nickolai, Augsburg state prosecutor.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

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The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.