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Germany court rejects bishop's appeal of Holocaust denial conviction
April 11, 2014
A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him ?1,800. The conviction stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said....... [more]

Germany Constitutional Court affirms Euro zone bailout
March 19, 2014
The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). This affirms the court's 2012 decision, which rejected a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of the ESM and the fiscal compact, but which imposed a cap on Ge....... [more]

Germany court dismisses patent claim against Apple
February 28, 2014
The Mannheim Regional Court on Friday dismissed a complaint by patent assertion entity IPCom against Apple. The suit alleged USD $2.1 billion in damages against Apple for infringement of European patent EP1841268, which manages access to overloaded wireless communication channels. Although the Eu....... [more]

Germany court rules former Auschwitz guard unfit for trial
February 28, 2014
A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the S....... [more]

Former Germany president cleared of corruption charges
February 27, 2014
A German court on Thursday cleared former president Christian Wulff of corruption charges that sprang from allegations that he had accepted bribes in exchange for political favors. Judge Frank Rosenow informed the court of Wulff's acquittal, saying that there was insufficient proof that the former p....... [more]

Germany top court finds EU voting threshold unconstitutional
February 27, 2014
Germany's Karlsruhe court ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled by a 5-3 vote that it should be abolished alt....... [more]

Germany officials arrest three suspected former Auschwitz guards
February 21, 2014
German officials on Thursday raided the homes of three men and arrested them for their suspected roles as guards at the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. The men, aged 88, 92 and 94, are currently being detained in the Hohenasperg prison hospital. They are being charged as accessories to mur....... [more]

Germany court sentences former Rwandan mayor for role in 1994 genocide
February 19, 2014
A court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday sentenced former Rwandan mayor Onesphore Rwabukombe,to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Rwabukombe was convicted of ordering the April 11, 1994, massacre of between 400 and 1200 ethnic Tutsis who had taken refuge from ethnic vio....... [more]

Germany officials propose law to lift statute of limitations on stolen property
February 14, 2014
The Bavarian justice minister Winfried Bausback presented a bill on Friday to the German Parliament that would lift the statute of limitations for certain cases involving stolen property. The law would help Jewish families seeking the return of stolen art and other valuables from Nazis. Under the....... [more]

Germany court removes case against bond-buying plan to European court
February 7, 2014
Germany's Constitutional Court on Friday referred the case against the European Central Bank's (ECB) bond-buying plan, called Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ruling means the German court will not cut the program, which could alarm investors that re....... [more]

Germany patent firm seeking $2.1 billion from Apple
February 5, 2014
German patent licensing firm IPCom accused Apple on Wednesday of infringing on a 3G technology patent. Last month, the European Patent Office upheld IPCom's patent on the technology following challenges from Apple, Bokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone. According to a news release by the Manneheim Regio....... [more]


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