Hechingen (dpa / lsw) - A man now has to pay a fine of 16,000 euros for calling an unannounced corona demonstration near the house of Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens). The district court in Hechingen sentenced him on Wednesday in an appeal process to 80 daily rates of 200 euros each for holding a public meeting without registration, as a spokesman said. According to the court, the 53-year-old led the demonstration in February 2022 in Sigmaringen. The verdict is not yet legally binding. The SWR had previously reported on it.
The district court in Sigmaringen had already sentenced the man to 120 daily rates of 250 euros each at the end of May 2022. His lawyer had appealed. From a penalty of 91 daily rates, one is considered a criminal record in Germany. With the 80 daily rates from the Hechingen district court, the man is spared an entry in the criminal record. Because the 53-year-old admitted to the crime and apologized, the sentence in the appeal process was lower. According to the court, he called on potential imitators not to do the same.
According to the police, around 60 people tried to get to Kretschmann's house during the demonstration in mid-February 2022. A few days later, the Green politician emphasized that such demonstrations “immediately crossed a red line”. The district office in Sigmaringen later banned elevators, so-called walks and rallies in the streets around the house of the head of government by general decree.