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Man tries to smuggle €100,000 in his shoes

A Bavarian pensioner tried to smuggle €100,000 of cash between Germany and Luxembourg by hiding the stash in his shoes.

Man tries to smuggle €100,000 in his shoes
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The 73-year-old was stopped at the border between Luxembourg and Saarland in Germany, where customs officers found €50,000 in each of  his shoes and a further €100,000 in clothes packed in a suitcase.

The limit for taking money between Germany and the tax haven of Luxembourg is €10,000. People carrying large sums also have to say where the money has come from and what it will be used for.

He was on his way back from Luxembourg when he was stopped by German customs.

€50,000 was found in each shoe.

The pensioner was caught on Thursday November 7th and summary proceedings have now begun against him, the customs office said. 

“Money is hidden as often as narcotics,” a spokeswoman for the customs office in Saarbrücken said in a statement. 

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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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