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article imageGame of Thrones: Judge sends self-styled King of Germany to jail

By Anne Sewell     Oct 20, 2013 in Crime
Neustadt - 48-year-old Peter Fitzek, who claims to rule a nine-hectare kingdom in Germany, has been sent to jail. He got into trouble for using a fake driving license issued by his imaginary kingdom, "New Germany."
Fitzek claims to have established his very own kingdom, outside Wittenberg in the state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. He apparently has 3,500 voluntary subjects and the kingdom even has its own currency — Engel-Geld (meaning Angel money). Apparently Fitzek has even issued passports and, it seems, driving licenses for the kingdom.
Trouble is he also issued himself one of the counterfeit driving licenses, and that is what got him into a royal bout of trouble.
Police officers caught the self-proclaimed "King of Germany" driving with the fake license and arrested him and on Thursday he was sentenced to three months in prison.
A former cook and video store manager, Fitzek appeared in court in Neustadt, Lower Saxony wearing a shirt emblazoned with his kingdom’s coat of arms.
However, Judge Thorsten Steufert was not taken in by the majestic clothing. He said to Fitzek, “You have built a fantasy world with a fanciful political worldview.”
Fitzek argued that he does have a driver's licence. He told the judge, “I do own a driving license. That of my kingdom.”
According to Bild (German language), the judge could not help but laugh at this statement.
It seems this wasn't the first offense, as Fitzek has apparently managed to rack up 24 traffic offenses including being caught driving with the fake license eight times.
He reportedly gave up his real license in 2012 and prefers to use his fake one, which he claims to be valid in his kingdom which he founded last year.
Fitzek has vowed to appeal against the court ruling, and insists that “the jurisdiction of the Federal Republic of Germany does not apply to other heads of state.”
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