The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that German courts did not violate a man’s rights by convicting him for incest with his sister.
Patrick Stuebing came into contact with his biological family in 2000. That year, he began a sexual relationship with his sister. They have four children together.
Mr. Stuebing was sentenced to fourteen months in prison in 2005. The ECHR said the German courts did not convict his sister because she has a personality disorder and was “only partially liable” for her actions. Mr. Stuebing claimed his rights to private and family life were violated; the case prompted calls for Germany to follow France, Turkey, Japan and Brazil in ruling that consensual sexual relations between adult relatives are no longer illegal.
Via The Independent.