A brother and his younger sister who fell in love and had four children together are now calling for an end to laws banning incestuous relationships.
Patrick Syuebing and Susan Karolewski have produced four children, two of whom are severely disabled.
In 2001, the couple vowed to change Germany’s laws banning disturbing relationships and took to the Court of Human Rights in 2012. The brother served two jail sentences for incest charges at that time.
Patrick reportedly said at that time: “We do not feel guilty about what has happened between us. We want the law which makes incest a crime to be abolished.
“I became head of the family and I had to protect my sister.
“She is very sensitive but we helped each other during this very difficult period and eventually that relationship became physical.”
Even though Patrick already had a relationship with another woman, he insisted: “We didn’t even know we were doing anything wrong when we started sleeping together. We didn’t think about using a condom. We didn’t know it was illegal to sleep together.
“Our mother would not have approved, but the only ones who should judge us now is us.”
Susan has also defended their relationship, saying they didn’t know each other when growing up and that her brother moved to a foster home at the age of 3 after their father attacked him with a knife.
“We didn’t know each other in childhood, it’s not the same for us,” she expressed.
“We fell in love as adults and our love is real. There is nothing we could do about it. We were both attracted to each other and then nature took over from us. It was that simple.
“What else could we do? We followed our instincts and our hearts.”
Patrick added: “here is no reason for them to jail me now. I do not want to go back to jail and I know we will never voluntarily leave each other. If anyone doubts our love they should just see we will not be kept apart.”
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