“Marzipan blackmailer” arrested in Germany

The man who was dubbed the “marzipan blackmailer” by German media was arrested overnight in the northern city of Kiel, a police spokesman said Monday.

He is accused of distributing the tainted sweets in a Kiel school last week and threatening to do so in other schools if supermarket chain Coop did not pay him the money.

Experts who examined the marzipan hearts said they contained a substance that was not life-threatening but could cause serious health problems.