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Deutsche Post CEO’s home and office raided

Deutsche Post, Germany’s former mail carrier monopoly, now the world’s largest logistics group, confirmed on Thursday that CEO Klaus Zumwinkel is being investigated by prosecutors and his offices have been searched. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating whether or not the high powered business man has evaded taxes by placing €10 million in Liechtenstein.

“We don’t know anything,” said a spokesperson for the police. ZDF, a German broadcaster, reported that the raids in the company headquarters and at Zumwinkel’s house began at simultaneously 7am. The operation was secretly planned for weeks, according to reports.

A former McKinsey consultant, Zumwinkel is one of the longest serving CEOs in Germany. Having been at the helm of Deutsche Post for 19 years, Zumwinkel oversaw the company’s privatization and global expansion. He also is on the advisory board of Deutsche Telekom and Postbank.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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