Cheap doesn't indicate stolen, says German court

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A German court yesterday overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of purchasing stolen goods on eBay. The 47-year old software engineer had previously been fined €1,200 for his 2005 purchase of a car navigation system which was subsequently found to have been stolen. The device was advertised as “brand new”, but was sold for less than a third of its normal retail price. The lower court had ruled that this should have indicated to the buyer that all was not as it should be, but the state court has now overruled his conviction as he could not have known the item was stolen.

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