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Friday, March 03, 2006

German Court Bans Film

Horror Film banned in Germany

A German court has banned the screening of a film by Martin Weisz, director of Tarkan's Bounce music video.

Rohtenburg film posterThe film Rohtenburg stars Thomas Kretschmann in the leading role.

The state court in Kassel upheld a complaint from Armin Meiwes, 44, against the film Rohtenburg, which was due for release in Germany on 9 March.

The horror film is based on the case of Meiwes, who is a self-confessed cannibal.

The court ruled that Meiwes' rights as an individual outweighed artistic freedom and that he should not become the object of a horror film.

Meiwes, a computer technician, jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2004, is facing a retrial.

He admitted that in March 2001 he killed Bernd Juergen Brandes (43) after posting an advert on the internet asking for a willing victim in 2001, and partially ate him. He was jailed for manslaughter.

Meiwes says he simply carried out a willing victim's instructions.

But last year, an appeal court ordered a retrial after state prosecutors argued Meiwes was guilty of murder.

If found guilty, Meiwes could face a life sentence.

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