German court bars showing of cannibal film

KASSEL, Germany, March 4 (UPI) -- A horror film about German cannibal Armin Meiwes has been banned by a Kassel court, which agreed his rights overpowered those of artistic freedom.

Meiwes, 44, sought the suppression of the movie, "Rohtenburg," which was set for March 9 release in Germany, the BBC reported.


Meiwes has a retrial pending, but in the meantime is jailed for 8 1/2 years on a charge of manslaughter.

He admitted killing a 43-year-old man in 2001 and eating some of his body parts. His victim answered an Internet ad and volunteered to be slain and consumed.

A retrial was ordered by the court after prosecutors successfully argued Meiwes should have faced murder instead of manslaughter charges.

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