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Germany deletes article of the law about insulting befriended head of state

Germany deletes article of the law about insulting befriended head of state

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The German government on Wednesday decided to ‘lese-majesty towards’ from the Criminal Code to delete. The controversial section 103 determines that the defamation of institutions and representatives of foreign states is punishable with a deprivation of liberty of up to three years.

“The idea of ‘lese-majesty towards’ dates from a bygone time, it no longer fits in our criminal law,” said Justice minister Heiko Maas. The scheme is outdated and unnecessary. “Insult of a foreign head of state is and remains punishable, but not more or less than with any other person”, he added.

Section 103 got last years great attention by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan it appealed to tv presenter Jan Böhmermann for the right to drag. The satirist made Erdogan ridiculous in a “smaadgedicht”. Legal persecution continued.

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