German claims 800 cannibals in his country

ROTENBURG, Germany, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A German accused of eating a man he met on a Web site for cannibals says he's sorry for what he did and hopes to deter others from copying him.

Armin Meiwes, 41, Rotenberg, who goes on trial Dec. 3, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper Sunday, "I accept that I am guilty and I regret my actions," the BBC reported.


Meiwes also said there are about 800 cannibals in Germany. He urged they "go for treatment" before "it escalates like me."

Meiwes met Bernd-Jurgen Brandes in 2001 after the victim answered his Internet ad for "young, well-built men aged 18 to 30 to slaughter."

Meiwes said Brandes went home with him and agreed to have his penis cut off, which Meiwes then cooked and the men ate together.

Meiwes said he killed Brandes with his consent and videotaped the two-hour event.

Prosecutors charged Meiwes with murder for "sexual satisfaction." There is no German law against cannibalism.

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