Pop star Nadja Benaissa was convicted yesterday of causing bodily harm by infecting a lover with the virus that causes Aids. She faced up to ten years in jail but was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and hours community service. The year-old singer, who once performed in the Eurovision Song Contest, had denied infecting anyone deliberately. She cried when the verdict was announced. Guilty - but no jail time: Nadja Benaissa, singer of German girl band 'No Angels' in a courtroom in Darmstadt, Germany today as her sentence was read out. Nadja arrives at court yesterday.
Perhaps the case could have been settled with a simple penalty order, which would have avoided a trial. But that would only have been possible if five men -- a circuit judge, a chief prosecutor, an official solicitor and two detective superintendents -- had not met on April 2 of last year at the district attorney's office in the western German city of Darmstadt and decided to give the case such a high profile. Or if they had later found their way back to a more levelheaded approach. But once it had been set in motion, the stigmatizing witch hunt had to run its course. During that fateful meeting in Darmstadt, the five men agreed on how they would proceed in the case of the German pop singer Nadja Benaissa , who is a member of the band No Angels, Germany's biggest girl group.
She's young, she's sexy and she's a star. But Nadja Benaissa, the singer in Germany's top all-girl band "No Angels" is now sitting in a Frankfurt prison cell on remand. The 26 year-old was arrested on April 11 on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. State prosecutors accuse her of having had sex with three men without telling them that she was HIV positive. News of Benaissa's arrest has filled Germany's tabloid newspapers while websites have been deluged with postings from distraught fans.
Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. An HIV-positive pop star who infected a former lover with the virus has walked free after a German court handed her a two-year suspended sentence on Thursday local time. The court in Darmstadt, western Germany, convicted year-old Nadja Benaissa - a member of girl group No Angels - on one count of grievous bodily harm and two counts of attempted bodily harm. The singer had confessed to having unprotected sex and keeping her virus secret but denied intending to infect anyone during a trial that has sparked a media frenzy in Germany. The glamorous half-Moroccan singer made an emotional apology during closing arguments, telling the court: "I am sorry from the bottom of my heart.