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Convicted cannibal loses high court appeal

BERLIN, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has rejected a sentence reduction request from convicted cannibalistic killer Armin Meiwes.

Deutsche Welle reported the 44-year-old killer, tagged the "cannibal of Rothenburg" after he admitted eating his victim, had argued the life prison sentence ordered by a Frankfurt state court was disproportionate to his crimes.

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The country's high court rejected that argument Friday, saying there was nothing wrong with the 2006 sentence.

Meiwes claimed his victim, Bernd Juergen Brandes, had asked to be killed and that he just carried out his wishes in a mercy killing.

Deutsche Welle said Meiwes, who allegedly videotaped the killing, was initially convicted of manslaughter in 2004 by a Kassel state court.

Meiwes was retried on murder charges in a Frankfurt court and convicted in 2006, leading to the life sentence.

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