Regional News • Europe • Germany
Reporters Without Borders files criminal charges against Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced it has filed a criminal complaint with the German Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, detailing a litany of crimes against humanity committed against journalists in Saudi Arabia.

The complaint targets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials and addresses 35 cases of journalists: slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and 34 journalists who have been jailed in Saudi Arabia, including 33 currently in detention -- among them, blogger Raif Badawi.

"In Saudi Arabia, journalists, who are a civilian population according to international law, are victims of widespread and systematic attacks for political reasons in furtherance of a state policy aimed at punishing or silencing them," an RSF statement said.

Lifestyle • Food
German court bans manufacturer from selling cookies containing sawdust
German court bans manufacturer from selling cookies containing sawdust
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The Administrative Court of Karlsruhe has dismissed a complaint by the cookies manufacturer after the city had forbidden him to distribute cookies containing sawdust. "The biscuits may not be marketed because they are not safe food but objectively unsuitable for human consumption," a spokesman for the court said on Monday.

The manufacturer argued that sawdust is a vegetable product and claims he uses only microbiologically safe wood flour.

The company had manufactured and distributed the sawdust cookies for about 20 years and had also specified sawdust as an ingredient.

Technology • Internet & Web
Private energy supplier wants to carry out urban video surveillance
Police officers in Karlsruhe
Police officers in Karlsruhe Credit: Heiko S.

The Karlsruhe energy supplier EnBW wants to carry out video surveillance on Europaplatz due to a lack of police authority. According to their own statements, no personal data is collected and stored with artificial intelligence that is supposed to recognize behaviour patterns, the number of people and movements.

The aim is to implement a monitoring infrastructure in which the EnBW employee is in close contact with the police.

Bamberg: Stopped investigation against security forces - complaint to the Federal Constitutional Court

In Karlsruhe, Germany a Senegalese asylum seeker and his lawyer lodged a constitutional complaint with the aim that the Bamberg public prosecutor's office would be obliged to resume the investigation. The background to this is an end of proceedings against several security forces at the Bamberg asylum accommodation, who allegedly have repeatedly attacked the applicant in September 2017.

However, the police then detained him and a friend. The case against the security forces had been closed for lack of evidence.