Sermons from Germany (2)

by Andrew Stuttaford

Via Der Spiegel, here’s yet another reason to feel just a little sorry for Angela Merkel:

A Hamburg judge has filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel for “endorsing a crime” after she stated she was “glad” that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces…Hamburg judge Heinz Uthmann…alleges that the chancellor’s statement was nothing short of illegal, and filed a criminal complaint against Merkel midweek, the daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported Friday.

 “I am a law-abiding citizen and as a judge, sworn to justice and law,” the 54-year-old told the paper, adding that Merkel’s words were “tacky and undignified.”

 In his two-page document, Uthmann, a judge for 21 years, cites section 140 of the German Criminal Code, which forbids the “rewarding and approving” of crimes. In this case, Merkel endorsed a “homicide,” Uthmann claimed. The violation is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine.

 “For the daughter of a Christian pastor, the comment is astonishing and at odds with the values of human dignity, charity and the rule of law,” Uthmann told the newspaper.  

Free speech is evidently not something that weighs very much with the repellent Judge Uthmann, a sanctimonious, posturing thug with no place in the judiciary of any country that puts a value on freedom of expression. Then again, in today’s EU freedom of expression is not something that counts for very much . . .

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