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Merkel Faces Complaint Over Bin Laden Killing
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a criminal complaint from a labor judge in Hamburg for saying she’s “happy” that U.S. forces managed to kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, Hamburger Morgenpost reported.

Judge Heinz Uthmann, 54, who’s served at Hamburg’s labor court for 21 years, claims the chancellor acted illegally by approving of criminal offences, the newspaper said, citing an interview with Uthmann. The judge, who said he was acting as a law-abiding citizen, asked prosecutors to investigate.

Uthmann based his complaint on Article 140 of Germany’s penal code, which punishes the endorsement of serious crimes with up to three years in prison, the newspaper said. Merkel’s conduct lacks tact and dignity, the newspaper cited Uthmann as saying.

He sent his complaint to the office of Hamburg’s prosecutor on May 4, the newspaper said.