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Cannibal signs over media rights
Armin Meiwes
Meiwes may walk free by 2008
Germany's convicted cannibal is set to become the subject of a television documentary, its producer has said.

Armin Meiwes, who was jailed in January for killing and eating the flesh of a willing victim, is already the focus of a rock song and a film script.

He has now signed over the media rights to his case to a production company in the city of Hamburg.

Managing director Guenter Stampf said the documentary would "come to terms with an unusual criminal case".


Meiwes, a middle-aged computer technician, killed and ate Bernd Juergen Brandes after posting an advert on the internet asking for a willing victim in 2001.

The case still shocks and fascinates Germans.

Mr Stampf said he had negotiated for nine months with Meiwes and his lawyer to gain the exclusive rights to the journalistic treatment of the case.

He did not say how much Meiwes would be paid - adding that Meiwes was more interested in the content of his portrayal, the AFP news agency reported.

The money he earns is intended to go to the convicted killer's legal defence, Mr Stampf said.

He added that a book deal was also planned but would not be signed until Meiwes' appeal had run its course, AFP reported.

In July, German director Rosa von Praunheim received 20,000 euros (13,000) of public money to make a film of the case.

The band Rammstein has written a song about Meiwes called Mein Teil, or My Part.

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