By the CNN Wire Staff
August 26, 2010
Darmstadt, Germany (CNN) -- A German pop star was found guilty
Thursday of causing grievous bodily harm and attempted bodily harm for
failing to tell sexual partners that she was infected with HIV.
Nadja Benaissa, 28, former singer in the girl band No Angels, was
given a two-year suspended sentence. She was also ordered to complete
300 hours of community service with people who are HIV-positive.
The trial has been taking place at a court here in Darmstadt, south of
Benaissa had unprotected sex five times between 2000 and 2004 with
three people and did not tell them she was infected, according to
multiple media reports.
HIV and AIDS
One of her partners became infected with the virus. Benaissa had
allegedly known her status since 1999.
Benaissa admitted not telling sexual partners she was HIV-positive but
denied intending to infect anyone, telling the court during the trial,
"I am sorry from the heart."
Benaissa had said she believed there was little chance of her passing
on the virus and she did not want it made public because of the harm
it might cause her daughter and the band, according to the German
Bild also reported that one of Benaissa's alleged victims told the
court he had unprotected sex with Benaissa on about three occasions.
He said he went to the doctor after learning of Benaissa's condition
from her aunt, and discovered he had contracted the virus.
He told Benaissa: "You have borne so much suffering in the world,"
according to the newspaper.
No Angels became Germany's most successful all-female group after they
formed on the international television show "Popstars" in 2000. The
band reformed in 2007 and competed in the 2008 Eurovision Song
Benaissa is appearing in youth court because she was 17 at the time of
the first alleged offence.
The fact that Benaissa is HIV-positive was not made public until her
arrest in April last year. She spent 10 days in custody after her
arrest before being released on bail.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi
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