German court clears cannibal movie

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The movie based on a German cannibal who killed and ate his more-than-willing victim in 2004 can be released in Germany, rules court.

Karlsruhe – A US film based on the case of a German cannibal who killed and ate a willing victim he met on the internet can be released in Germany, a court said Tuesday.

The Federal Court of Justice ruled against Armin Meiwes, serving a life term for killing, mutilating and eating the flesh of a lover in his rambling farmhouse in March 2001. He had tried to block the American movie.

Rohtenburg, as the picture was called, was released in the United States in 2006 and advertised as "Inspired By the True Story That Shocked A Nation".

Its title is a variation of Rotenburg, the small west German town where Meiwes lived when he met his volunteer, Bernd Juergen Brandes, who contacted him responding to an online advertisement looking for a "slaughter victim".

The federal tribunal threw out the ruling of a lower court banning the thriller from being shown here. Its detailed verdict was not yet available.

In a case that captured headlines in Germany and abroad for months, Meiwes told investigators Brandes had begged to be killed and eaten to satisfy an "ultimate kick" both of them sought.

He was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in 2004.

But another court found him guilty of murder in a retrial in 2006 and jailed him for life.

AFP / Expatica

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