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'King of Germany' loses right to drive

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'King of Germany' loses right to drive
Peter Fitzek, 'the King of Germany'. Photo:DPA
09:08 CEST+02:00
A court upheld a decision not to allow the self-proclaimed 'king of Germany' to drive on German roads on Thursday.

Peter Fitzek, who has declared himself the 'King of Germany' and founded his own monarchy, has had his right to drive taken away from him by a court in Wittenberg in Sachsen-Anhalt.

The court ruled that the the state authorities had been right to strike off his permission to drive.

Fitzek had handed in his German driving license in 2012, saying that he did not recognise its validity.

Instead, he made himself one in the name of his monarchy and announced that he wanted no further business dealings with the Federal Republic.

The trained chef declared the founding of his German Kingdom on the grounds of an old hospital in Wittenberg in 2012.

Fitzek said after the ruling he would appeal the decision.

As for driving, he commented “whether I'm allowed to or not, I'll do it anyway.”

This is not the first time Fitzek has been up before a court. He was previously put on trial for running a health insurance firm without authorisation.

The state considers him a Reichsbürger (citizen of the kingdom), a group of people - many of them conspiracy theorists - who do not recognise the authority of the federal state and refuse to pay taxes or fines.

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