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German public prosecutor's office searches Mayor's office in Halle over alleged misappropriation of Covid-19 vaccine
Dr. Bernd Wiegand, Lord Mayor of Halle (Saale)
Dr. Bernd Wiegand, Lord Mayor of Halle (Saale) Credit: Marco Warmuth (Public Domain)

In Halle, offices of the city and Mayor Bernd Wiegand have been searched since Monday morning. According to the public prosecutor's office, this concerns a preliminary investigation against Wiegand because of his premature Covid-19 vaccination.

There is suspicion that the Covid-19 vaccine was embezzled - i.e. intentionally - according to the statement of the public prosecutor's office. The search covered the office of the mayor, rooms of the municipal health department and the vaccination center. The public prosecutor's office pointed out that the search was not tantamount to a preliminary conviction. The presumption of innocence applies.

Child modelling agent in Thailand charged over child sex abuse images

Thai police have arrested the head of a child modelling agency after more than 500,000 indecent images of children were found on computer hard drives.

Danudetch "Nene" Saengkaew, 23, has been charged with child sexual abuse and downloading child abuse images.

Investigators say the images were found in a raid on the Nene Modelling Agency, north of the capital Bangkok.

The raid was the culmination of a months-long operation that began with a tip-off from Australian police.

Berlin: New hope in 100kg gold coin theft
Berlin: New hope in 100kg gold coin theft
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The Berlin police draw new hope in the theft of the 100kg "Big Maple Leaf" gold coin from the Bode Museum in 2017. During searches of jewelers in Berlin-Neukölln, the police arrested several people and seized counterfeit coins and amounts of money.

The police hoped that the measure would enable them to find pieces of the gold coin.

Some of the alleged perpetrators have already been legally convicted.