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German cannibal back for retrial
Armin Meiwes
Meiwes says he froze body parts and then ate them
A self-confessed cannibal has returned to court in Germany, two years after a manslaughter conviction for killing and eating an apparently willing victim.

Last year, an appeal court ordered a retrial after state prosecutors argued Armin Meiwes,44, was guilty of murder.

The case shocked and fascinated Germans when it emerged that he had found a victim on a cannibal fetish website who volunteered for his fate.

Meiwes is trying to stop a film based on his story being shown in Germany.

State prosecutor Marcus Koehler told the three-judge panel on Thursday: "The defendant stands accused of murder for sexual gratification."

Frozen meat

Two years ago, Meiwes was found guilty of manslaughter after a court heard how his victim had volunteered to be killed and eaten in March 2001.

It heard a grisly confession of how he froze the body's meat and ate parts of it over several months.

Last year, a higher court accepted the prosecution argument that he was really guilty of murder because he killed for his own sexual gratification.

The BBC's Ray Furlong, in Berlin, says Meiwes' lawyers have said little before his retrial. But they have confirmed they are taking legal action to prevent a Hollywood film resembling his story from entering German cinemas.

Meiwes fears its release in Germany could prejudice his chances of a fair hearing.

Meanwhile, he is working with a German director on an authorised version of his story.

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