Pope Sued For Seat Belt Violation In Germany, Faces $30 Fine

Pope Sued Seat Belt – A German citizen has sued Pope Benedict XVI after spotting the leader traveling in the Popemobile without a seat belt during his September visit to the German town of Freiburg. The man from Dortmund is urging that the Catholic leader be fined anywhere fro $30 to $3,307 for disobeying safety laws.

An English translation of a report in the Westfalischen Rundschau newspaper reveals the suit states the Catholic figurehead, identified as Joseph Ratzinger, did not wear his seat belt on several occasions for an extended period of time, according to The Local.

Freiburg has confirmed that a lawsuit had been filed, the Dogan News Agency reports. Attorney Johannes Christian Sundermann placed the complaint on behalf of the citizen.

The lawsuit calls Baden-Wurttemberg Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann and Archbishop Robert Zolltisch as witnesses to the incident, the International Business Times reports.

However, it remains unclear whether the Pope would be held accountable to the law because of his German citizenship or if “he enjoys diplomatic immunity as the head of a foreign state,” according to the Religious News Service.

The Popemobile, which travels at an average speed of about 6 mph, contains seat belts, Sky News points out. The person who filed the suit is reportedly not Catholic.