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A German court ruled today that Magnus Gäfgen, a convicted child-killer, is entitled to €3,000 ($4,265) in damages, the AFP reports. The court in Hesse ruled that the “human dignity” of Gafgen was violated during the police interrogation over the disappearance of a banker’s 11-year-old son.
Police had threatened “unimaginable pain” to Gafgen if he did not reveal the boy’s whereabouts, reports Deutsche Welle.
At the time police believed that 11-year-old Jakob von Metzler was still alive after his parents paid a million euro random to Gafgen.
However, the boy was already dead at the time, and Gafgen was later convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Christoph Hefter ruled that Gaefgen was indeed entitled to compensation because he was the victim of “serious rights violations.”
“With this ruling, it is entirely insignificant and may not be considered that the plaintiff committed a crime. Human dignity may not be denied to a person, even if this is difficult in light of the crime the plaintiff committed,” Hefter said.
The case has caused an uproar, with Bild newspaper running with the headline “Damages for a Child Murderer? Judge, stop this!“
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