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FREIBURG, Germany - Doğan News Agency (DHA)

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The pope is seen in his Popemobile in this photo. AFP photo

The pope is seen in his Popemobile in this photo. AFP photo

The spiritual leader of the Catholic world is facing a German lawsuit for failing to wear a seatbelt during his visit to the country in September.

Freiburg municipality confirmed the lawsuit on Nov. 26.

A German citizen from the city of Dortmund filed a complaint against Pope Benedict XVI, saying the head of the Catholic church did not put on his seatbelt while strolling around the city of Freiburg in his "Popemobile" during his visit on Sept. 24-25.

The plaintiff, whose name was not disclosed, named Baden-Württemberg Minister-President Winfried Kretxchmann and Archbishop Rober Zolltisch as witnesses in the case and asked that they provide testimonies.

"Seatbelts save lives and the Pope should obey the traffic rules," the plaintiff said, adding that a driver was killed in a traffic accident shortly after the Pope's visit for failing to wear a seatbelt

November/28/2011

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