CDU politician arrested for alleged heroin smuggling

A Christian Democrat Union politician has been arrested for smuggling heroin, party colleagues confirmed on Saturday.

CDU politician arrested for alleged heroin smuggling

The 40-year-old candidate for a local council in Neckarsulm in Baden-Württemberg was arrested after police found 80 grams of heroin mixture packed up and ready to sell, as well as more than €5,000 in cash.

“This has hit us out of the blue. I am stunned and furious,” Thomas Strobl, secretary general for the party in Baden-Württemberg said. “If there is anything to these accusations, it would be clever of him to clearly distance himself from his political candidature.”

The police would not comment officially but sources say the CDU man and a younger man were arrested, accused of smuggling drugs from Holland to Germany.


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.

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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.