A German court has banned the screening of a film based on the case of self-confessed cannibal Armin Meiwes. The state court in Kassel upheld a complaint from Meiwes, 44, against the film Rohtenburg, which was due for release in Germany on 9 March. The court ruled that Meiwes’ rights as an individual outweighed artistic freedom and that he should not become the object of a horror film.
Meiwes, jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2004, is facing a retrial.
He admitted that in March 2001 he killed a 43-year-old man and partially ate him. He was jailed for manslaughter. Meiwes says he simply carried out a willing victim’s instructions. But last year, an appeal court ordered a retrial after state prosecutors argued Meiwes was guilty of murder.
If found guilty, Meiwes could face a life sentence. Meiwes, a computer technician, killed and ate Bernd Juergen Brandes after posting an advert on the internet asking for a willing victim in 2001. The film Rohtenburg, directed by Martin Weisz, stars Thomas Kretschmann in the leading role.
Don’t mess with German computer technicians.