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Was it a case of an over-zealous bureaucrat? Safety officials trying to make a highly visible point about the need for car seat belts?

“In a case that brought amusement to the Vatican, a German court decided to throw out charges against Pope Benedict for not wearing a seat belt during his recent papal visit to the country,” reports the Catholic News Agency.

Pope Benedict XVI in the Popemobile

“There will be no fine for the Pope,” city spokeswoman Edith Lamersdorf told the German newspaper Sudkurier.

It turns out that the charges were brought by an anonymous citizen with a passion for seat belt safety. His attorney, Christian Sundermann, filed the complaint on behalf of the unnamed Dortmund resident, saying her client was annoyed that the pontiff had ignored local seat belt laws when he visited

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