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Student who threw fake pie at AfD politician wants jail, not fine

The German student threw a pie filled with shaving cream at AfD lawmaker Beatrix von Storch in Kiel in November. It is not the first time the politician has been hit with a dessert.

Deutschland AfD Bundesparteitag in Stuttgart Beatrix von Storch (picture-alliance/dpa/M. Murat)

Alternative for Germany (AfD) European lawmaker Beatrix von Storch

The woman who threw a shaving cream pie at Alternative for Germany (AfD) European lawmaker Beatrix von Storch in November opted for jail instead of a 150 euro ($168) fine on Monday. 

The 22-year-old student was found guilty by the court in the northern German city of Kiel of throwing the pie during a political event. She said she preferred to serve a prison term as a form of protest.

"I do not want to pay any money," the student said in court. "I want to serve the sentence in prison."

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) von Storch did not attend Monday's court hearing, which saw dozens of protesters outside of the courthouse. The elder daughter of Huno, Duke of Oldenburg, and Felicitas-Anita, Countess Schwerin von Krosigk, born Beatrix Amelie Ehrengard Eilika, Duchess of Oldenburg, by tradition holds the style of "Your Highness." Her mother is a daughter of Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, who served as finance minister under Adolf Hitler. Von Storch was a banker before she studied law in Heidelberg and Lausanne.

It is not the first time that 46-year-old von Storch has been hit with a pastry by protesters. In February 2016 she was hit with a cake by two protesters dressed as clowns at a party meeting in Kassel. The two Berlin protesters accepted a penalty without a trial, as it was considered a minor offense.

The AfD was founded in 2013 as an EU-skeptic party and has since included a strong anti-immigration stance. The party is expected to pass the 5 percent threshold to enter the German Bundestag in September's general election.

kbd/jm (dpa, NDR)

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