German Wikipedia back online after dispute

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The German-language version of the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia is back online after a left-wing lawmaker dropped a legal complaint.

Luebeck state court had ordered the site shut down over the weekend after Left Party lawmaker Lutz Heilmann claimed the entry about him contained false allegations.

Court documents say Heilmann objected to the entry's claims that he once threatened a former partner and that he had not been open about his past with East Germany's secret Stasi police.

Heilmann told the Associated Press he did not want to cut off Wikipedia users, but wanted these "points removed."

The article has deleted the disputed passages, and the court said Monday that Heilmann withdrew his complaint.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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