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German court orders retrial for whistleblower

August 6, 2013

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ordered the release of a man held in psychiatric detention for seven years in what his supporters say was a serious miscarriage of justice.

Gustl Mollath was ordered committed in 2006 for being a threat to the public after allegedly attacking his wife and slashing car tires.

He denied the accusations and said he was being persecuted for exposing tax evasion at HypoVereinsbank, where his wife worked.

Mollath’s case drew widespread attention in Germany last year after it transpired that some of his claims were confirmed by an internal review the bank carried out.

A Bavarian regional court in Nuremberg on Tuesday ordered the 56-year-old retried, saying a medical report used in the original trial was invalid.

Politicians across the political spectrum welcomed the decision.

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