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German singer suspected of 300 counts of child sex abuse

German New Age singer Oliver Shanti, wanted on suspicion of more than 300 counts of child sexual abuse, has been flown to Germany for remand after his arrest in Portugal last week, prosecutors in Munich said on Monday.

Police said the 59-year-old, whose given name is Ulrich Schulz, was taken to the hospital for unspecified health issues after his arrival, though he appeared to be in relatively good health, chief detective Ignaz Raab said.

“The accused was emotionally agitated,” Raab said. Investigators have said Shanti has chosen to remain silent regarding the criminal accusations.

“Police are looking for other victims,” said state prosecutor’s office spokesperson Anton Winkler in Munich. “The prosecutor’s office wants to press charges quickly.”

The Hamburg-born singer, who has been wanted since 2002, was arrested after being recognized at the German Embassy in Lisbon when he applied for a passport, which authorities believe he may have wanted to use to flee to Brazil, news agency AFP reported.

The authorities are not clear on how Shanti could have remained undetected in Portugal for so long. He was considered to be a model citizen of his village, Vila Nova de Cerveira.

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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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