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480 Euro fine for touching a policeman

A 24-year-old man from the province of Vorarlberg was sentenced to a 480 fine because he has touched a policeman. The contact happened when the police led off his girlfriend. His protective instinct was awaked, he explaind in court.

But it was only a touch, no beat or attack. Nonetheless touching a policeman is not alllowed in Austria. The judge was very mild and pronounced a monetary penalty of 480 Euro. Usually there are much more serious punishments in such cases. A conditional prison term of 6 months because of burglary was abated. The judge: “I wanted to give him a last chance in his life.”

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