Jailed Buddhist wants cat visit


A Buddhist bank robber has pled for the right of his cat to visit him in prison, saying the animal is the reincarnation of his deceased mother. However, the court has declined his request and said he has to prove his claim first.

Peter Keonig, 46, is serving five-years for armed robberies in Whirl, Germany. He went to court to demand for visiting rights for his cat named Gisela because he’s certain she’s the reincarnation of his dead mum. Buddhists believe that people return to life as animals after they die.

“I know it is mummy. She looks after me just the way she did. I need to see her like other prisoners see their wives and children,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Keonig as saying.

The court turned down his application, arguing that he had no proof that it was his mother. Fortunately, the court did say he would be allowed to write to the cat.