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March 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

French court seizing Saudi princess' items

NANTERRE, France, March 8 (UPI) -- A French court seized storage containers rented by a Saudi princess to help pay off millions of dollars worth of outstanding bills for goods and services.

The court in Nanterre, near Paris, sided with six creditors against Princess Maha al-Sudani, who the court was told had millions in unpaid bills for rental of two Rolls-Royce Phantoms, the hiring of "about 30 chauffeurs," dry cleaning clothing for herself and her staff and purchasing items from a chocolate shop, Radio France Internationale reported Friday.

The court ordered bailiffs to seize the princess' storage containers and sell off the contents to help pay off the creditors.

The report said the court's plan may be complicated by the princess' diplomatic immunity in France and the Saudi embassy's unwillingness to cooperate in the case.


Spanish judge orders brothel approval

LLEIDA, Spain, March 8 (UPI) -- A Spanish judge ordered officials in the city of Llida to give a license to a brothel two blocks away from where plans for a mosque were rejected.

A Catalonian judge ordered Lleida to give a company called Antri a license to open a brothel in the same area where the Catalonian Supreme Court rejected plans for a mosque last year, The Local.es reported Friday.

Marta Camps, the city's planning minister, released a statement saying both the mosque and the brothel had been rejected by the city because the area is classified as "an industrial zone."

Camps said she found it "grotesque" that courts would issue such contradictory rulings.

Officials said they are also concerned about the brothel's soundproofing, hygiene and parking.


Man who dressed as Hitler cleared

JONKOPING, Sweden, March 8 (UPI) -- A Swedish court threw out hate crime charges against a 24-year-old man who went to a costume party dressed as Adolf Hitler.

The Jonkoping District Court ruled the man did not intend to appear threatening or disrespectful to any group when he donned a costume resembling the Nazi dictator, complete with a swastika armband and small mustache, the Swedish news agency TT reported Friday.

"My client went to a costume party and the point wasn't to express some political or other view. Rather, it was simply to represent a Nazi," attorney Mats Erfors said. "He wasn't walking around the city with a swastika."

However, the man was convicted on weapons charges after a shotgun and a stun gun were found at his apartment.


Grenades force police station evacuation

VALLINGBY, Sweden, March 8 (UPI) -- Swedish authorities said a police station was evacuated after an 87-year-old man brought in two grenades as part of a countrywide weapons amnesty program.

Residents were allowed to turn in weapons without fear of criminal prosecution and the elderly man showed up with the grenades, the Swedish news agency TT/The Local.se reported Friday.

"The reaction was swift. We evacuated the whole police station and a nearby building was cordoned off," police spokesman Peter Sarman said. "It's only specially trained police officers who can determine whether such grenades are armed or not. We were forced to play it safe."

Sarman said the grenades were determined to be inactive.

A police department Facebook post said anyone else seeking to turn over explosives should not transport them to the stations themselves.

Police recommended calling in bomb technicians to get rid of any explosives.

"Grenades can detonate during transportation," the posting said.

Topics: Adolf Hitler
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