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Austrian Green politician Sigrid Maurer acquitted by court after she published hate messages directed against her
Austrian Green politician Sigrid Maurer acquitted by court after she published hate messages directed against her
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Austrian Green Party politician Sigrid Maurer - herself a victim of vicious insults on the internet - was to stand trial for defamation because she had made the obscene messages to her public via Twitter. Now the trial is over.

As reported by ORF, among others, a landlord has withdrawn his private accusation against the politician "in its entirety". The judge then formally acquitted Maurer. However, the acquittal will only become legally binding when the landlords lawyer "officially withdraws his appeal with a written statement", according to the spokeswoman. If the landlord waives further legal remedies, he will have to bear the costs of the proceedings.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Eli Lilly CFO resigns after 'inappropriate' communications with employees
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Eli Lilly and Company logo Credit: Eli Lilly and Company

On Tuesday, Eli Lilly announced that Josh Smiley, its Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, has resigned after an investigation revealed "inappropriate personal communications" with employees. The pharmaceutical company said an independent investigation was recently launched after being "made aware of allegations of an inappropriate personal relationship" between Smiley and an employee.

"That investigation revealed consensual though inappropriate personal communications between Mr Smiley and certain Lilly employees and behaviour that Lilly leadership concluded exhibited poor judgment by Mr Smiley," the company announced in a press release.

Science • Nature
Survey: Women in large German cities face threats and harassment
Survey: Women in large German cities face threats and harassment
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According to a survey by the children's aid organization "Plan" among 1,000 respondents between 16 and 71 years of age, the fear of harassment, threats, and insults is great. Big cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne or Munich stand out here. One in five respondents stated in the survey that they had been the victim of a crime such as insults, threats or harassment. Girls and women feel most unsafe on the open street, followed directly by public transport and parks.