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Man on trial for defrauding bottle deposit machine of €1.2 million

A 27-year-old man has been charged on two counts of fraud after making over a million euros by illegally manipulating a bottle deposit machine in his shop.

Man on trial for defrauding bottle deposit machine of €1.2 million
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Artur K. faces a court in Bochum this week, after he was accused of defrauding the German Deposit Society (DPG) out of of €1.2 million. 

The 27-year-old shop manager is said to have illegally manipulated two bottle deposit machines in his shop.

Deposit machines allow customers to return empty bottles and cans, and claim back a small amount of money from their purchase. When a bottle is inserted, the machine crushes and records the item.

The vendors are then able to claim back money from providers, based on the the data stored in the machine.

Artur K. is accused of manipulating the machines into not crushing the bottles, allowing him to retrieve and insert the same bottle multiple times, Der Westen reported.

This allowed him to claim significantly higher sums than he would otherwise have been able to from the DPG. 

If he is found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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