Europe court OKs German ruling in incest case

The court said that German courts did not violate the rights of Patrick Stuebing, who was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in jail in 2005.

Paris: The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that German courts did not violate a Leipzig man`s privacy rights by convicting him for incest with his younger sister — with whom he fathered four children.

The court in Strasbourg, France said on Thursday that German courts did not violate the rights of Patrick Stuebing, who was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in prison in 2005.

The case had prompted some calls for Germany to follow other countries in ending its incest laws. The ECHR noted in its ruling on Thursday that Germany bans consensual sexual intercourse between adult siblings.
Stuebing claimed his rights to private and family life were violated. The ECHR noted that German courts did not convict his sister because she has a personality disorder and was "only partially liable" for her actions.

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