Fürth (dpa / lby) - A man from the district of Fürth accused federal politicians from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and SPD of false quotes and was therefore sentenced to a fine of 7,200 euros. The accused distributed the eight false statements via his Facebook account, the district court in Fürth announced on Tuesday. The alleged statements were demonstrably false and suitable "to make the political work of the injured party considerably more difficult and to degrade them in public opinion".
The accused initially lodged an objection to the penalty order, but withdrew it a few days before the main hearing. According to the district court, the Federal Criminal Police Office had evaluated hate posts on the Internet and then initiated investigations against the man. The affected politicians themselves would not have filed a criminal complaint.