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Germany: Nadja Benaissa trial begins on Monday

August 13, 2010

Update 1: August 13 2010 The trial of No Angels singer, Nadja Benaissa, now 28, begins this Monday, August 16th in the Darmstadt youth’s magistrate court (Jugendschöffengericht).  She faces accusations of one count of grievous bodily harm for allegedly not … More

Germany: After Nadja Benaissa, two more women prosecuted for HIV exposure and transmission

May 7, 2010

Until the very public arrest of German pop singer, Nadja Benaissa in 2009, all of the approximately 20 prosecutions and 15 convictions that had taken place in Germany had involved male defendants. Over the past few months, however two more … More

Germany: Man accused of intentional sexual transmission; complainant gives interview

October 16, 2009

An HIV-positive man has been arrested in the northern German city of Kiel accused of grievous bodily harm following a complaint from a 39 year-old woman who recently tested HIV-positive and who claims the man lied about his HIV status … More

Germany: African migrant gets further eight years in prison for HIV exposure

August 5, 2009

A court in Würzburg, Bavaria has found a 41 year-old man originally from Kenya guilty of HIV exposure for a second time. Already serving a five-and-half-year sentence imposed in 2007 for having unprotected sex without disclosure with seven women, of … More

Germany: Nadja Benaissa gives TV interview, claims she’s been blackmailed

July 2, 2009

Nadja Benaissa, the German pop star who is the highest-profile person ever to have been accused of criminal HIV exposure and transmission yesterday gave her first interview since her arrest – on national TV! Talking to a very sympathetic Günther … More

Germany: Justice Minister says prosecutor handled Nadja Benaissa arrest properly

April 30, 2009

Hessian Minister of Justice, Joerg-Uwe Hahn has dismissed all criticism of the actions of Ger Neuber, the Darmstadt prosecutor who arranged for the public arrest and immediate incarceration of Nadja Benaissa, and then issued a press release. According to the … More

Germany: Nadja Benaissa finally released from custody

April 21, 2009

Nadja Benaissa was released today (Tuesday) after ten days in custody, according to a news report from Der Spiegel. Darmstadt administrative court vice president Albrecht Simon said the court had ordered Benaissa’s release under certain conditions, but did not specify … More

Germany: Complexities of scientific evidence discussed in Spiegel magazine article

April 17, 2009

The plight of Nadja Benaissa, the No Angels singer arrested last week in Frankfurt for alleged criminal HIV exposure and transmission has already resulted in more international media attention on the issues around criminalisation than any other case I’m aware … More

Germany: Media ban ignored, more details emerge in Nadja Benaissa case

April 16, 2009

Update: Nadja Benaissa may soon be out on bail, according to an English-language report in The Local that summarises a story in today’s Stern. Nearly a week after being arrested, the 26-year-old’s lawyer Christian Schertz is talking with the state … More

Germany: Nadja Benaissa’s lawyers win injunction to prevent further media reports

April 15, 2009

Lawyers for No Angels singer, Nadja Benaissa, have sought and won an injunction against Bild, the Berlin-based tabloid that broke the news of her arrest for alleged HIV exposure and transmission, that forbids the paper to run any further stories … More

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