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German court quashes stolen goods conviction


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eBay relieved

 

A German man, who bought stolen goods online, has had a receiving conviction quashed on appeal.

The move would be a great relief to eBay which could have seen a number of its customers convicted if the law was read in a similar way. The 47-year-old software engineer claimed he had not known that a car navigation system he bought over eBay two years ago had been stolen.

He had bought the navigation system, which was advertised as "brand new," for less than a third of its usual price. The man had been fined 1,200 euros after the lower court had thought that the low price should have been a tip off that the device was stolen.

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